KATE CROSS ON THE LIFE OF A PROFESSIONAL CRICKETER AND MANAGING HER MENTAL HEALTH
Scolls & England World Cup Player Kate Cross
“The more I started overthinking everything was when I almost made myself a worse player…and so now I always say to myself if I get to play for England, if I ever get selected, just enjoy it because it could be my last game.“
Kate Cross is an international cricketer currently in Australia as part of the England squad for the world cup.
You’ll hear throughout this episode how open and honest she was about her life and career in cricket.
While she’s had a career to be proud of, she’s also had her fair share of challenges and hardships which culminated in her being too scared to see her teammates during a training camp. It led to her stepping away from the game for a break and to work through her mental health battles which have since been well documented.
She says that she now understands that managing her mental health is an ongoing process but since then she’s been able to work her way back into the England team and is enjoying her cricket again.
Crossy shared so many wonderful stories from learning to play cricket in the backyard with her brother to the difficulties that come with being a professional sportsperson and how it can cause you to stop enjoying the game you love.
This is an incredibly powerful episode and I thank Crossy for being so open and honest with us.
In this episode we discussed:
What inspired her to get into cricket.
What it was like to be the first female accepted into the Lancashire CCC Academy and the first woman to play in the Men’s Central Lancashire League.
The difficulties of being a professional and how it can take away your love for the game.
Her mental health battles throughout her England career and how she manages them now.