Former Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander slams rotating captaincy policy for Constellation Cup series

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Former Australian coach Lisa Alexander has blasted her successors plan rotate the Diamonds’ captaincy in the upcoming Constellation Cup series.
Camera IconFormer Australian coach Lisa Alexander has blasted her successors plan rotate the Diamonds’ captaincy in the upcoming Constellation Cup series. Credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Former Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has slammed her successors plan to rotate captains for the upcoming Constellation Cup series against New Zealand starting Tuesday.

New coach Stacey Marinkovich revealed earlier this month that star shooter Caitlin Bassett would no longer be the team’s sole leader anymore after four years and that a different captain would be named for each of the four tests.

Alexander, who was axed as coach last year, said one captain should have been picked for such an important series.

“I don’t like the idea of trialling captaincies in what is absolutely a fantastic test series,” Alexander told ABC’s Offsiders.

Caitlin Bassett is no longer the Australian captain after four years.
Camera IconCaitlin Bassett is no longer the Australian captain after four years. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian

“It is world number one and world number two, it’s got a lot of history. It really needs some serious work and effort. It’s not a trial situation.

“I don’t like it, but it’s supposedly going to show the selectors and the coaching panel who is going to take the leadership and who really wants it for Birmingham (Commonwealth Games) in 2022.

“I think they could’ve gone through this series, even if it was promoting Liz Watson to the captaincy and saying to C-Bass, we just want you to concentrate on your performances. Just being I think honest about that with her would’ve just helped things a little bit more.

“I think it would’ve been better to take care of all of that stuff a bit earlier, perhaps at a camp. They have had some time in this pre-quarantine period to actually work on those things.”

Marinkovich is yet to reveal who the four captains will be from the 16-player squad which is in New Zealand preparing for Tuesday’s Test at Christchurch.

West Coast Fever captain Courtney Bruce told The West Australian it’d be an honour to lead the Diamonds if she was asked too.

“At this point it’s really just about the collective. It would be special, but I want to make sure we’re all having a turn to lead and make sure we’re getting the best person out there every game that fits the group the best,” she said

“My main role is performing and giving the most to the team... I’m the right fit at Fever, but I might not be the right fit here and that’s all right, as long as we’ve got some really strong leaders out there for us.

“I think what Stacey is trying to get out of this rotating captaincy is that we have a full squad of leaders and not just reliant on one of two people’s shoulders.

“My way of leading is just being on the court and showing my teammates the way and if that’s what inspires the rest of the girls in this environment, that it would be really special to have that opportunity.”

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