• "It's very eye opening, just to see how professionally Cricket Australia have gone about our tour": Taylor Wigg. (Natalie Ahmat)Source: Natalie Ahmat
Taylor Wigg is on a ten-day tour of India with the first National Indigenous Women's Cricket team. She spoke to NITV's Natalie Ahmat about her experiences so far.
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Natalie Ahmat

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NITV News
30 May 2016 - 9:58 AM  UPDATED 30 May 2016 - 9:58 AM

Adjusting to the extreme heat of an Indian summer has proven one of the biggest challenges facing the National Indigenous women's cricket team on their historic tour of India.

Coping with the hot weather has been particularly challenging for Taylor Wigg - whose far more used to the cooler climes of Tasmania.

But the squad's only representative from the Apple Isle has so far managed to keep her cool.

What have been the highlights of the tour so far?

It's just been the experience of playing with all these great girls that are ambitious cricketers like myself.

We have some very talented ones like Ash Gardner, and being able to play with (experienced player) Sally Moylan and have Shelley Nitsckie as our coach, it's been a good experience for that.

I've already taken a lot away just from being around them and seeing how professional the players are, especially people like Ash, so for me, that's something that I can take away and take back to my own cricket.

Does being around those players inspire you to want to break through to the next level of the game?

It does inspire me a lot, just because seeing people like Ash, and being able to play with them, it makes me realise that a couple of more levels and you're almost there, so it does give you the inspiration to want to keep going.

And something I'd like to do back in Tassie, I'd like to be an Indigenous cricket ambassador, so definitely I'm trying to get to State level cricket.

How are you finding life on the tour?

It's very eye opening, just to see how professionally Cricket Australia have gone about our tour ... to see that this is what life is like at a higher level, so it's been really good for that.

Also, the experience of just being here in India is more than just playing cricket, it's everything else that goes with it, so it's been great.

They say playing cricket in India is one of the games biggest challenges - how would you rate it?

I'd definitely give it 11 out of ten! The closest I've had to playing in this heat would be Alice Springs (for the National Indigenous Cricket Championships).

Back where I play, in Tassie it's a lot colder, we average like 20 degrees heat in summer, so definitely being here is a lot different.

It's been a big challenge and those who say that it is, are completely right.

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