Jess Jonassen in action. ©ICC

Australian left-arm spinning allrounder Jess Jonassen is hoping to draw from her experience of two visits to England to mentor the newcomers.

Jonassen, whose previous experience in England includes the 2015 Ashes campaigns and the 2017 World Cup – has taken on a mentoring role with fellow Ashes spinners Ashleigh Gardner and particularly Georgia Wareham, sharing tips on how to thrive in English conditions when the multi-format Ashes kick off next week.

At 26 years of age, the left-arm spinner already has 120 international matches under her belt after debuting in 2012 aged 19 – a world of experience compared to her two fellow Ashes tweakers, off-spinner Gardner (44 games) and leg-spinner Wareham (17).

In Jonassen, and Australian assistant Shelley Nitschke – a four-time Belinda Clark Award winner who enjoyed a stellar international career as a left-arm spinner and allrounder – Australia’s young guns have plenty to expertise to call upon.

“I’m looking to try and take on a bit more a senior role in that sense and a bit of a mentor role with the young spinners coming through, with with a bit more of the tactical planning as well,” Jonassen said in Loughborough on Thursday.

“It’s really good having Shelley as part of the group as well, as someone who’s played a lot of cricket for her country and I think for me personally, being a left-arm spinner as well, I really take a lot out of that.

“For me out on the field I haven’t really changed my role within the team, but I’ve taken more of an off-field role with the spin group that I’m looking to keep extending.

“Behind closed doors we have a chat about the opposition, grounds that I may have played at that (Wareham) hasn’t played at yet, with little things like that I look to help wherever I can.”

“She’s been great, she’s got a really good work ethic and that fits really well in our set up,” Jonassen said of Wareham, who was a key part of Australia’s win in the T20 World Cup final in Antigua last November.

“She’s always looking to learn, both her and (fellow newcomer) Tayla Vlaeminck, they’re both really excited that they’re part of this group over here in the UK.

“It’s somewhere they’ve never been before and they’re just thriving off every moment they’re part of.”

“She’s been great, she’s got a really good work ethic and that fits really well in our set up,” Jonassen said of Wareham.

“She’s always looking to learn, both her and (fellow newcomer) Tayla Vlaeminck, they’re both really excited that they’re part of this group over here in the UK.

“It’s somewhere they’ve never been before and they’re just thriving off every moment they’re part of.”

Talking about her debut, Jonassen said, “It was a long time ago now and each series is different, but it gives me a bit of confidence knowing I’ve had a few good performances in the English conditions in the past,

“I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t look back on those times and try and replicate them in a way, but in saying that, we’ve got a really strong side all up and coming up against a really in-form English set-up as well.

“I can’t take anything for granted and I can’t look too much into the past, because everything is going to be different.”

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