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Great outdoors: Living legend continues eye-catching switch – cricket.com.au

For a first-time international coach, being called upon to oversee preparation of Australia’s all-conquering women’s team might seem as daunting as being asked to string Rafael Nadal’s racquets at Roland Garros.

But Jude Coleman – a living legend of indoor cricket who has been appointed assistant coach for the upcoming tours to Ireland and the UK (for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games) – knows better than most the pressure of expectation that accompanies habitually successful outfits.

She has captained her country to five Indoor World Cup titles – and been a member of the victorious team at two others – in a tournament where Australia’s women have triumphed every time since it was first staged in 1998.

And from the 18 national indoor championships where she represented her native Queensland, Coleman celebrated 13 titles up until the most recent event held in pre-COVID times in 2019.

So while helping to plot the reigning women’s ODI and T20 World Cup holders’ historic tilt at a first Commonwealth Games gold medal might intimidate someone not-so-used to carrying the burden of favouritism, Coleman not only knows that terrain but how best to navigate it.

“There’s no doubt the current Australia women’s team carries an aura of success, and there’s a real expectation that surrounds them every time they play,” Coleman tells cricket.com.au.

“But I’m really excited to become part of that because it’s probably not too different to the situation we faced so many times at Indoor World Cups.

“I can clearly remember a moment in the 2009 final (against South Africa) when things were getting a bit tight, and I thought to myself ‘I could be the first person to captain a losing Australian team in a World Cup’.

“And they’re not the sort of thoughts you want to be having during an important game.”

Not only were South Africa more than halfway to their victory target of 121 having surrendered a solitary scalp that day, the crowd at Brisbane West’s Indoor Sports Centre was starting to wonder if their hometown hero might be leading her team to an historic defeat.

But with the game in the balance, Coleman took the ball for her second (and final) over that yielded two crucial wickets in the space of three deliveries plus brought a run out, which quickly put Australia back on course for a sixth consecutive World Cup crown.

The 41-year-old will be absent from the the Indoor Cricket National Championships starting in Melbourne this weekend – only the second national titles she’s missed in two decades – due to her new role as assistant to interim women’s head coach Shelley Nitschke for the upcoming UK campaign.

She might have considered attempting to add to her five Monika Brogan Medals (now awarded to player of the national championships) given she’s still a regular in Adelaide’s Friday night indoor competition, though she admits it takes her “two or three days to recover from matches these days”.

However, coaching has become the focus for her relentless pursuit of self-improvement since the conclusion of her playing days.

Coleman subsequently took a leap into the unknown by foregoing the financial and professional security offered by her then-life as a secondary school physical education teacher, and instead chose the rarely travelled road from indoor cricket to the outdoor game’s loftiest heights.

And she sometimes has to pinch herself when reflecting upon where that journey has thus far taken her.

The path winds back to Beaudesert, 70km …….

Source: https://www.cricket.com.au/news/feature/jude-coleman-indoor-cricket-australia-womens-team-assistant-coach-comm-games-world-cups/2022-06-25

For a first-time international coach, being called upon to oversee preparation of Australia’s all-conquering women’s team might seem as daunting as being asked to string Rafael Nadal’s racquets at Roland Garros.

But Jude Coleman – a living legend of indoor cricket who has been appointed assistant coach for the upcoming tours to Ireland and the UK (for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games) – knows better than most the pressure of expectation that accompanies habitually successful outfits.

She has captained her country to five Indoor World Cup titles – and been a member of the victorious team at two others – in a tournament where Australia’s women have triumphed every ti…….

For a first-time international coach, being called upon to oversee preparation of Australia’s all-conquering women’s team might seem as daunting as being asked to string Rafael Nadal’s racquets at Roland Garros.

But Jude Coleman – a living legend of indoor cricket who has been appointed assistant coach for the upcoming tours to Ireland and the UK (for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games) – knows better than most the pressure of expectation that accompanies habitually successful outfits.

She has captained her country to five Indoor World Cup titles – and been a member of the victorious team at two others – in a tournament where Australia’s women have triumphed every ti…….

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