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    More girls set to eye cricket career: coach

    01/03/2019 - Author: admin - Comments are closed

    Em Preston, pictured here in 2009, is considering a return to cricket after Cricket Australia’s new funding plan. Photo: Melissa AdamsFormer Australian under-23 representative Em Preston believes Cricket Australia’s increased funding of women’s cricket will give girls hope they can pursue a career in the game in years to come.

    Cricket Australia announced on Tuesday that Southern Stars like Ellyse Perry could earn up to $80,000 per year from the new increased funding set-up at both international and domestic levels.

    Preston played for the ACT Meteors and was an age representative for her country before retiring three years ago.

    The 22-year-old is still involved in the game as coach of the ACT under-15 girls team.

    While extra cash in the game wouldn’t lure her out of retirement, she felt it would help inspire a younger generation of female cricketers she is helping develop.

    ”It gives positive direction to a real career like we see the men going overseas and making the money and the career pathways that they have,” Preston told The Canberra Times.

    ”I think that money will help women stay in the game for longer … I think this is a step in the right direction and it’s going to encourage me to keep my girls in the game and to show them that this can really become a career for you.

    ”That’s a positive sign.”

    The all-rounder said there were two reasons behind retiring: losing her enjoyment and focusing on a teaching degree. However, she refused to rule out a comeback. But it wouldn’t be because of the $100,000 CA cash injection into every Women’s National Cricket League team.

    ”I wouldn’t come back to it for the money, I’d want to enjoy the game of cricket and have that passion that I used to have.”

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