When Australia’s Nicola Carey decided to move from her native NSW for a fresh start, she weighed her options before choosing Tasmania as her next destination.
She represented Sydney Thunder since the inaugural season of Women’s Big Bash League and almost carried them into the final of WBBL 4 with an attempted six off the last ball that was brilliantly caught on the boundary.
The allrounder also claimed player-of-the-match honours in the domestic 50-over final earlier as NSW beat Queensland in the WNCL final.
Considering her prolific tenure in WBBL and in WNCL for NSW, her decision to move to Tasmania and represent Hobart Hurricanes came as a surprise.
“I was looking for a bit of a fresh start and I thought this was the perfect place to come down so, here I am in really cold Hobart,” Carey told cricket.com.au.
“I was looking for a little bit more opportunity and the Tigers and Hurricanes put forward a really good opportunity.
“I thought it was too good to pass up. I’ve heard really good things about the program down here. And speaking to (new teammate) Steph Daffara and a couple other girls who have worked under (coach) Salliann Briggs previously, they’ve all spoken really highly of her.
“She showed me some of the program and I was seriously impressed with that.”
Carey could barely manage any time to settle in her new home in Hobart before she had to move to Brisbane to participate in Senior team’s three-week preparation camp ahead of the Ashes tour.
Although Carey made her ODI and T20I debut during the tour of India in March 2018, she has not been able to cement her place in the squad. Her only T20I came against England in Mumbai and although she was a part of the World T20 winning squad, she wasn’t picked up in any match.
“I just felt like I am at a point now where I want to be making an impact in domestic cricket and therefore putting my name forward more so for Aussie selection,” she said.
“I’m quite fresh into the set-up so I need to be putting my best foot forward where I can and this was the best place to come to get that opportunity to do that, so now I just have to make the most of it.”
Carey is aware of the packed international and domestic program ahead of the Australian players, which will start from the Ashes in July to T20 World Cup in February – March.
“World Cups are massive and next to that are Ashes series,” she said.
“I’ve never been a part of one and to play it over in England as well, that would be really exciting if I could get on that tour.”
Carey further adds, “It means more games and more opportunities and I’m not sure if people will need rest, but maybe it will present more opportunities for players.”
“It’s a pretty hard team to crack into, but I guess all I can do is continue to improve my game and put performances on the board whenever I get an opportunity, whether it’s (for Australia) or domestically.
“I can’t really control the whole selection side of things and the group is in a really good place. But if I did get an opportunity I’d definitely try and take it with both hands.”