Beaumont swaps keeping in blue for fielding in orange, from Surrey Stars...

Beaumont swaps keeping in blue for fielding in orange, from Surrey Stars to Southern Vipers

England's Tammy Beaumont has made the move from Surrey to the Southern Vipers for this year's KSL. Photo courtesy of Youtube

Tammy Beaumont will have to put up with wearing the colour orange and likely not keeping for the Southern Vipers.

“I hate the colour orange. That’s the most disappointing thing for me about the move, but I probably shouldn’t admit that!

“I don’t see myself as a keeper but if I get the chance, I absolutely love doing it.

“Not doing it too often makes it even more refreshing. I like to be involved every ball, that suits me.”

Since the greatest moment of her career (winning the World Cup last July) Beaumont has met Prince William, commentated on international men’s cricket and had children come up to her on the street saying ‘I want to be the next Tammy Beaumont!’

Tammy admitted “I wanted to be the next Ricky Ponting, but to have girls coming up to me saying they have a female idol is pretty cool – a positive sign of the increased interest in the women’s game.”

Of course the fixture list would have it that Beaumont’s Vipers travel to the Stars for her first KSL game in orange, a reunion she describes as a “baptism of fire.”

“Obviously I loved my time at Surrey stars, but the ECB allocate its England players still and they’ve decided to move me to the Southern Vipers as the great Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway have retired in recent years. So they needed a batter down there to complete their allocation of England players.

“I’d like to thank the Stars for a great two years and wish them all the best, but I’m really excited to join the Vipers.

“I get to play with Suzie Bates, who I played with in the WBBL just gone. I’ve got a really good relationship with her.”

Beaumont is excited by the changes in format, which make the game twice as long, now with ten group games: “I think it’s going to be really good.

“You saw in both versions of the Super League so far that the teams that start well tend to get to Finals Day.

“You can actually build some momentum, if you’ve got home and away fixtures. It takes a little bit of that home advantage out.

However, she acknowledges the increased travel could shock the younger players.

“It’s going to be tougher because there’s a lot more travelling up and down.

“Playing at the Ageas Bowl one day, two days later playing in Headingley and then back down to the Ageas Bowl.

“It’s going to take a lot more out of the girls. Those of us who are used to touring will just get on with it, but some of the younger kids might find it a little bit difficult.”

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