Ben Sawyer has been re-appointed as the head coach of Sydney Sixers for the upcoming WBBL season. The decision arrives weeks after his formal statement of stepping down from the post as he was appointed a full-time coach of Australia and having Sixers announced the role of the same along with a ‘tight turnaround’ ahead of the season’s start in mid-October brought the change in the decision.
Cricket Australia consented to a solicitation from Cricket NSW for two-time title-winning mentor Sawyer to direct the Sixers for a seventh and last season, before the club recommences its quest for another mentor in front of the eighth season of WBBL.
“We have agreed to Cricket New South Wales’ request for Ben to coach the Sydney Sixers in the WBBL this season,” Shawn Flegler, Cricket Australia Female High-Performance Manager, said.”Ben is passionate about growing as a coach and we’re committed to supporting opportunities to help in the development of our coaches.”
Assistant coach Shelley Nitschke is additionally a WBBL head coach, responsible for the Perth Scorchers. Australia’s international schedule doesn’t overlap with the WBBL, leaving both accessible to take up Big Bash occupations. Sawyer is presently in the United Kingdom where he is instructing Birmingham Phoenix and will get back before Australia’s multi-format series against India kicking off from September 19.
Sawyer had effectively played a critical hand in forming the Sixers’ rundown for the impending season. “I am very excited that Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW have been able to come to an agreement here so that I can continue to work with the Sixers this summer,” Sawyer said and further added, “The decision allows me to continue my development as a coach and also work with the exciting talent in the squad we have assembled for the Sixers.”
Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Ashleigh Gardner, Erin Burns and Lauren Cheatle are among those generally on the books, while the club has likewise been connected to quite possibly the most intriguing young players on the planet, with 17-year-old Indian opener ShafaliVerma tipped to sign.
Subsequent to making the final in the initial four seasons, winning two titles, the Sixers concluded at the fifth situation in both of the last two competitions notwithstanding fielding, on paper, probably the best side in the league. Addressing media recently, new Sixers list manager Lisa Sthalekar proposed the Sixers had been their very own survivor early achievement, adhering to what in particular had been a triumphant equation instead of developing as the opposition that switched them up.
Sthalekar said, “I know that they did a pretty thorough review after the end of the recent WBBL season … I think you’ll see a different style of game that the Sixers will play this season. (It’s about) trying to find the perfect position for each of the players in their roles … is there an opportunity for two players to go hard at the top?” She further concluded, “Is there an opportunity to change it based on the current situation of the match? I think that’s something that the Sixers may look at for this coming season.”