Jess McFadyen keen to make the most of the training camps

Jess McFadyen keen to make the most of the training camps

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Jess McFadyen received her first New Zealand central contract in May 2021 and now she is participating in her first-ever national camp. The right-hand batter and wicketkeeper from Wellington earned her call up after a stellar season in the New Zealand domestic competitions.

Speaking about the training camp, she said, “It’s pretty cool so far; pretty challenging, but very awesome to be a part of the group and spending some time in and around the environment.”

McFadyen now has the opportunity to learn from one of the best wicketkeepers in Katey Martin who has represented New Zealand in more than 150 matches. The 19-year-old seemed thrilled about learning the ropes from Martin during the training sessions.

“It’s awesome. She is a really experienced and world-class quality keeper. It’s early on in the season and just trying to learn as much as possible from her at the moment. She has the wealth of knowledge so it’s cool to spend quality time with her.”

New Zealand will start a month-long tour to England in September for three T20Is and five ODIs. McFadyen is hopeful about her chances of getting picked for that tour.

“Hopefully, I get the opportunity to go on that (tour). I am really honing in on some technical skills right now. It’s pretty early in the winter so kind of trying to ramp up. There are some quality players here. So, just trying to absorb as much information, advice, and skillset from them. And trying to transition it on grass from technical drills.”

Currently enjoying her time with the New Zealand players in the camp, McFayden said that there are different characters in the group and they keep the mood light around the players.

"(The team environment) is pretty funny. There are some different characters in the group. It’s great to spend some time with them. You play a lot against them (in domestic competition) and see them off the field. It’s very nice to see the characters come out and get to know them better,” she concluded.

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