Tahlia Wilson takes a new stand

 Keeping the faith: Tahlia Wilson. Pictures: Cricket NSW

Keeping the faith: Tahlia Wilson. Pictures: Cricket NSW

Keep an eye out for St George-Sutherland Slayer product Tahlia Wilson behind the stumps for the defending champions Sydney Thunder this summer.

The 21-year-old has made a change to her wicketkeeping stance as she enters her fourth WBBL campaign.

Under the tutelage of former NSW gloveman Dan Smith, Wilson has adopted an English approach of staying upright behind the stumps in contrast to the typical Australian keepers crouching style.

"As a cricketer Dan's been there and done that, and I have a lot to thank him for," Wilson said. "We've changed my stance, and while I was a little bit hesitant at the start, I trusted what he's had to say.

"I really do thank him a lot for building that trust with me, and then saying: 'I think this change would be better for your keeping' because due to the changes I've become more powerful, and more efficient.

"The decision for me to not to squat as the bowler ran in was a personal thing. Dan and I spoke quite a fair bit about it during last year's pre-season because after keeping all day in a WNCL match I'd have sore hips the following day. I found trying to back up was very hard.

 Tahlia Wilson. Pictures: Cricket NSW

Tahlia Wilson. Pictures: Cricket NSW

"We spoke about what could be done to make me more efficient; to stay powerful, and to remain as fresh as possible for the whole tournament.

"So, we trialled the stance I use now, and I don't think I've had a pre-season where I've ever felt this fresh. There's been no hip trouble at this stage - touch wood.

"It wasn't very technical. I didn't over analyse what part of my body was getting more pressure through it; we just focussed on the fact I normally finished a game with sore hips, so we worked out what we could do to help that out."

After serving her T20 apprenticeship under international keepers Alyssa Healy (Sydney Sixers, WBBL04) and Kiwi Rachel Priest (Thunder WBBL05), Wilson established herself as the No.1 wicketkeeper during last season's title run.

A minor leg injury kept Wilson out of Thunder's opening round win at the weekend but she should be available for the local derby against the Sixers on Saturday.

Smith, who kept wicket in 25 first-class matches for NSW and is the NSW Breakers' wicketkeeping coach, said Wilson- who won the 2019 NSW Premier Cricket women's player of the year award - has a "thirst for knowledge".

"She has a great work ethic, and you add that with the talent she has, and you have a great player," Smith said.

"She has come on in leaps and bounds over the last two-years, and she's been exceptional.

"I respect that she has a great understanding of how she does things. The old idea of being 'straight out of the textbook' doesn't exist these days because cricket is what works for the individual - and Tahlia is proof of that because she's doing what works for her."

Thunder coach Trevor Griffin said Wilson, who started her grade career with Campbelltown Ghosts, has an "infectious personality."

"She's curious, she wants to learn, she wants to progress her game," he said.

"But having said that about Tahlia being curious, she's also very clear around what works for her - and I love that. She's open to conversations, so long as it fits where she sees where her game is at.

"She's determined, she's focussed, she pushes herself and will always put in that maximum effort you can ask of anybody. They're the fantastic traits - she enjoys what she does; she pushes herself to be the best that she can be, and she continually looks to learn."