Blog: Sterre Kalis set for a busy week

This week is going to be a busy and exciting one for me, as I will be playing five T20 internationals for the Netherlands and then starting the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with the Diamonds.

I have travelled back home for a five-match T20I series against Namibia, which starts today (Monday) and runs through to Friday morning. We have three games in Rotterdam and two in the Hague, which is where I live.

I will then head back to Leeds on Friday afternoon, with the help of the overnight ferry, and travel to Sale on Saturday in preparation for our game against the Thunder the following day.

The Diamonds have played three warm-up games over the last week-and-a-half, but it is just training for the girls this week. So Dani (Hazell) said, ‘It will be best for you to go and play some more games for your country’.

Playing in England is something I want to do for the long-term. It’s been so good for my development as a batter.

To be a full-time professional and concentrate fully on my cricket is what I’ve always wanted to do, and the Diamonds gave me the opportunity to come and play in England a couple of years ago. I’m very grateful for that.

I’m in the process of qualifying for England, and I have another two years left with that.

But to be able to still play international cricket for the Netherlands is such a positive for me, and something I really enjoy and am proud to do.

With Namibia being close to us in the rankings, it’s an important series. Hopefully I can play my part in a win with some runs.

And that is exactly the same goal when I return to play for the Diamonds, starting on Sunday.

It was disappointing not to get to Finals Day in the Charlotte Edwards Cup, especially with the strong squad that we have. That was our aim at the start of the competition.

We had a few injuries here and there, but there were still some good performances and a lot of positives. Many different players stood up and contributed with bat and ball.

After the T20 competition, we sat down as a squad to review our performances and see where we could improve. We’ve identified a few things, and we believe we can have a good second half of the summer.

We have shown we have a good way of playing 50-over cricket having been to the final twice in two years, and we are desperate to get there again. Hopefully this is the year we can get over the line and finally get that trophy.

The final is at Lord’s in September, which is really exciting and a cool place.

I was there in the Northern Superchargers squad last year but didn’t play in the game. Still, it was the first time I’d been there as a player and walking out onto the field was something really special.

Hopefully I get a few chances to play there this summer because I’m with the Birmingham Phoenix for the Hundred this year, and we have our game against London Spirit there. The Hundred final is also there and then the Rachael Heyhoe Flint final.

We just need to play good cricket and trust our skills. With what we have on paper, we should be able to get ourselves there.

I worked a lot on my batting and T20 game over the winter, and it has been good to show that with some scores for the Diamonds after my success at the Fairbreak tournament.

I felt comfortable opening the batting in the T20 games, and to see the stuff I’ve been practicing come off in games has given me a lot of confidence.

It is the same with a lot of our girls, and we want to show more of that in the 50-over games coming up.

I have spoken to the coaches about my batting role in the 50-over competition, and it is highly likely that I will be batting in the number three position as it somewhere where I’ve been fairly successful over the last two summers.