The White Ferns set off for Sri Lanka today as they prepare for a 13 day camp ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in September.
A squad of seventeen are making the trip and will play five warm-up matches as they familiarise themselves with the Sri Lankan climate.
Captain Suzie Bates is thrilled with the opportunity and believes the benefits from the camp will be far reaching for their World Cup aspirations.
“For us this trip is going to be a really good chance to see what the conditions over there are like and what to expect for the World Cup. It’s really just learning as much as we can about the Sri Lankan environment,” Bates said.
“It’s going to be massive to play five games so close to the World Cup and it’s the best way for us to prepare. The girls have had a pretty long winter, so to get out there and test our skills will be really good.”
“We’re really fortunate that we have this chance to prepare with some games rather than just game like scenarios.”
Those matches alongside a rigorous training schedule will ensure the White Ferns make the most of their time abroad.
But the players certainly won’t be turning up out of shape. Fitness has been a key focus ahead of the camp and a lot of hard work has already been put in.
“I think we couldn’t have done much more in the winter in terms of individual work,” Bates said.
“As a team we’ve had our two pretty hard-out winter camps and everyone’s been working really hard back home.
“It’s going to be full on, it’s not going to be a holiday. We’re going to get over there and work as hard as we can so that we’re as prepared as we possibly can be for the World Cup.“
The team are serious enough to have attended bicrum yoga classes (yoga in 40 degree heat) before they arrive in Sri Lanka.
There’s certainly a lot of desire in the White Ferns side and now with the help of a 13 day camp they certainly will be a side to watch come the World Cup in September.