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England Womens seamer Kate Cross looks ahead to the inaugural Kia Super League and back on a red-hot winter in Sri Lanka. Buy Adidas Stan Smith Australia... So, after an incredible winter of chasing the sunshine, its now time to settle back down in Blighty.This obviously has its pros and cons: pros being that I can spend some time with my family and friends, and cons revolving around the need to go out and buy some hand warmers for the start of the season! Not being selected for the WT20 squad was a real disappointment for me, but Im taking the positives out of it - I know I have things to improve on, especially in T20 cricket, which can be especially cruel on a bowler! Lots of room for work and development is an exciting prospect.It also opened up another opportunity for me to travel to Sri Lanka with the England Womens Academy team to play a triangular series against the Sri Lanka Womens A team and the Shooting Stars (Australia Womens A team). Smile (squint!) for the team pic The trip was a real success for us as a team - not only did we win six of the eight matches we played out there (a mixture of 50-over and T20 cricket) but it generated some new challenges for me, such as captaining, batting a little higher in the order and learning how to play cricket in 90 per cent humidity!The first training session we did felt like we were trying to breath underwater, it was that humid. To put it into perspective, before and after each game we would weigh ourselves to see how much fluid we had lost, and I was consistently losing around 2.5kg each time, and was able to wring my shirt out. Pleasant! The Red Rose is in full bloom! Me with youngsters Ellie Threlkeld, Sophie Ecclestone and Emma Lamb Playing on the Academy tour also meant that I was a senior player for a change, and gave me the chance to see first-hand some of the exciting talent that we have coming through the ranks.Im really proud to say that three really promising prospects hail from the mighty Red Rose! Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone and Ellie Threlkeld all had really successful trips, which as a county is really pleasing. Watch out for this lot this summer!As an aside, how beautiful is Sri Lanka?! It was actually my debut trip out there and we were lucky enough on a day off to travel down the coast where we stumbled across a little bit of paradise. World T20 heartbreak While we were out in Sri Lanka, we were continually supporting the England womens and mens teams in their WT20 campaigns, and we were so gutted for the girls when they lost out to the Aussies in the semi-final.As disappointed as everyone is about the result, we know we have a lot of room for improvement in order to win the big ICC global events, and I know that with the additional heartbreak from last summer, the drive to improve is stronger than ever. One teams heartbreak is however another teams jubilation, and it was really great to see the West Indies girls pick up the trophy. They have become a real force to be reckoned with over the past few years, which is great for the state and quality of the global game.Im particularly excited that I will be able to share a dressing room this summer during the inaugural Kia Super League (KSL) with two of the most exciting West Indian players: Deandra Dottin and Hayley Mathews. Matthews set for Thunder West Indies star heading to Emirates Old Trafford Signing them for the Lancashire Thunder has created a real buzz around Emirates Old Trafford, and we know they will bring something really special to the team. We have also been really lucky to secure Australian all-rounder Sarah Coyte, and quite frankly I am delighted that all three are in my team and I wont have to bowl at them!#TheThunderIsComingSpeaking of the KSL, there is growing and tangible excitement about the competition. Now that logos have been designed, fixtures have been released and teams have been fully announced, everyone is desperate to get going.The KSL is something that the womens domestic game here in England has been crying out for. Not only is it something brand new to look forward to, but it gives an opportunity for us all to play more high-quality cricket and bridge the gap between county and international cricket. The announcement of the overseas players last week was a real talking point around the womens cricket world. With 18 of the best female players coming over to play, you can get a real sense for how strong the competition is going to be. I am absolutely delighted to have signed for the Lancashire Thunder - I am always so proud to represent the Red Rose and to play at Emirates Old Trafford. Having also signed Danni Wyatt and skipper Sarah Taylor, along with the news that former England womens stalwart and Womens Ashes winner Laura Newton has been included in the final squad of 15, the Thunder have got a real mix of experience and explosive power, which hopefully will get some bums on seats.Laura was a real role model for me growing up, especially when I first got into the senior Lancs womens team, so it will be great to play with her again. For anyone who would like to come and support us this summer, here are our fixtures: Hopefully the snow will stay away for the foreseeable future, so we can all look forward to what is going to be a really exciting summer of womens cricket… See you there!Crossy (Kate Cross, England womens fast bowler) Also See: Womens cricket home WATCH: Kates 5-Ball Challenge Super League squads announced Get Sky Sports Adidas Stan Smith Online Sale. - Zac Leslie scored two goals and assisted on two more, and Justin Nichols made 34 saves as the Guelph Storm blanked the Kitchener Rangers 6-0 in Ontario Hockey League action on Sunday. Cheap Stan Smith Australia. Six years of waiting are finally over for the Dallas defenceman. Daley had a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen recorded his fifth shutout of the season, and the Stars clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 3-0 victory against the St.MELBOURNE, Australia - Eugenie Bouchard appreciates the creativity of her personal cheering section, a group of (mostly) male fans called the Genie Army.So much so, she notices when theyve added a new song to their repertoire.Clad in red-and-white T-shirts spelling G-E-N-I-E, the group serenades Bouchard during her matches at the Australian Open with pop songs theyve recast with references about her.Her personal favourite is a song based on the 1980s Buster Poindexter hit, Hot, Hot, Hot — the lyrics go, Genies hot, hot, hot — but she has also been impressed by a new song this year set to Ricky Martins Livin La Vida Loca.When I hear a new one, Im like, Oh, thats nice. Theyve been working hard. Good to see Im not the only one working hard, she said Sunday after her fourth-round win over Irina-Camelia Begu.Now she wants to know if they take requests.I really want them to start singing some Taylor Swift, she said. Ill be really motivated if they do that.By Justin Bergman -- http://twitter.com/justinb3rg___MULTILINGUAL MARIA: Behind a steely facade, Maria Sharapova sometimes scolds herself in different languages.Earlier in the tournament, No. 2-ranked Sharapova was complimented by an on-court interviewer for having a poker face while she plays.But on Sunday, the interviewer posed a follow-up question and asked Sharapova what goes through her mind when she pplays a bad point. Adidas Stan Smith Discount. Its really bad, Sharapova said after winning her fourth-round match to set up a quarterfinal against No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard.I look really calm but inside Im like, What are you doing! Im yelling in a couple languages, she said with a laugh.Its not pretty. Maybe it looks calm on the outside but Im boiling (inside), she said.By Jocelyn Gecker -- http://twitter.com/jgecker___TENNIS FIRST: He hasnt quite matched Li Nas achievements yet, but for the Chinese men, its a start.Zhang Ze became the first man from mainland China to win a Grand Slam match on Sunday when he partnered with Taiwans Chang Kai-chen for a first-round mixed doubles victory at the Australian Open.I really wanted to get the win in singles, but mixed doubles also is good, said Zhang, who lost his first-round singles match to Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt this week.Zhangs celebrity is already on the rise. He was met by an overflow crowd of Chinese journalists at his post-match news conference and received a round of applause.Does he think his match got as much attention back home as Lis historic win?Of course, he joked. Because Im famous.By Justin Bergman -- http://twitter.com/justinb3rg___Australian Open Scene follows tennis Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne as seen by journalists from The Associated Press. It is updated throughout the day. ' ' '
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