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Tippoch taking teachings from Bates and Devine into Thailand’s opener

'Don’t be scared’ is the advice Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch received ahead of leading her country in their maiden ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 match.

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But the ever-smiling skipper needs no reminding to enjoy her debut on the biggest stage of all.

The 33-year-old, a former softball player who didn’t know the rules of cricket 13 years ago, will lead Thailand in a global event for the first time against the West Indies on Saturday.

And what better way to finalise the preparations than getting the opportunity to share some tips with two of the world’s best batters, Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates.

After Thailand’s warm-up loss to New Zealand in Adelaide this week, Tippoch and her side spent some valuable time catching up with the White Ferns stars, who had some useful words of advice for the debutants.

“They taught us not to be scared of other teams,” said Tippoch.

“Whether we’re playing the West Indies, Australia or England, they told us to treat them like the opponent, and not the ‘big team’.

“Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates told us how to improve building our innings and said if we focusing on beating one team at a time and forgetting who they are, we can play well.

“My family will be following me the whole tournament and they always tell me to do my best whenever I’m on the field.

“They say that ‘win or lose, it’s okay’, but the most important thing is they see me happy with a smile on my face.”

Competing in a group which includes former Women’s T20 World Cup champions West Indies and England, Thailand will need to notch plenty of runs to keep up with the likes of Deandra Dottin and Danni Wyatt.

But improving his team’s batting has been at the forefront of Harshal Pathak’s plans ever since he took over the coaching reins in 2018 - and he’s confident his changes will give his side the edge.

“Traditionally, Thailand has been a side very good at bowling and fielding so as a coach coming in, I had to make sure we were working harder on batting,” said Pathak.

“I wanted to work on how to build the innings and bat for certain situations.

“We are definitely heading in the right direction and you can expect some exciting cricket from us.”

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