I think more than anything over the last 12 months, I’ve learned that the key to cricket is remaining level. It’s been and up and down year and the last couple of months has certainly been continuing that trend.
But thankfully things are on the up at the moment and I’m intending to keep working hard and staying focused to help me avoid any unexpected dips and bumps.
It was only a month ago where I felt like I couldn’t score a run and everyone had written me off. A low score in a grade cricket match, where I was actually out twice before reaching double figures, had me wondering when it was all going to turn around.
But the hours spent with my batting coach Trent Woodhill finally paid dividends when I arrived at North Sydney Oval. It’s no secret, that it’s great for batting there but those two hundreds back to back have restored my confidence and I’ve been able to build some rhythm back into my batting. The focus with Trent was learning how to bat the way I did when I made my debut and I’m now doing that.
It’s been a big help to have a couple of months at home where I can stay on top of my diet and spend time with my friends, family and my girlfriend Candice. Also being able to work with my mentor and trainer Wayne Geber has helped immensely. Consistent work with him has got feeling fit and mentally switched on.
In my spare time, I’ve been playing a fair bit of golf, waling the dog and just doing a few house duties. You don’t understand how much you miss these things when you have been away for a long period of time.
It’s great to have achieved my first goal of getting back into the Ashes squad and now the next challenge is to win it. I think the team is feeling more settled and confident in ourselves and hopefully that can turn into results. I’m looking forward to making a statement!
Also I just want to make sure everyone puts their cancer council sunscreen on and swims between the red and yellow flags this summer. Stay safe everyone and enjoy the cricket!
Stay tuned for my Ashes updates here through the summer.
Until next time,
Sitting in the stands watching the boys prepare for the Ashes has given me plenty of time to reflect on where my career is at and just how badly I want to represent Australia on the cricket field.
Since making my Test debut I have had an eye on the upcoming Ashes series. It is as big as it gets for an Australian cricketer and to put my bid to play in jeopardy with a moment of madness is something I not only regret but I’m deeply embarrassed about. It was a very low feeling in the days afterwards knowing I’d let down so many people. Looking back on the incident I can only wish I made better choices but what’s done is done and going forward I can only control where I’m headed.
The best way to redeem myself with the Australian public is to work hard, score runs and do what I can to help the team defy our doubters and win back the Ashes. Whilst the boys have been playing their tour matches I’ve been in the nets everyday doing what I can to push my case for selection. I know that I won’t be opening but I’ll be happy to bat anywhere in the order.
So far in the UK we’ve been to Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Taunton, Worcester and now Nottingham. I feel as though the group are really bonding together close even with the change in coach. Boof has brought a very simple, relaxed approach and that seems to be rubbing off on the players. Away from the paddock there’s been plenty of laughs and good camaraderie. In fact, I have been finding myself as the butt of the jokes, with the boys giving me a bit of stick for my role in this commercial for All Day Socks. The final catchphrase in particular causing a bit of a stir!
Though my teammates aren’t the only one giving me a bit of grief. Since the Birmingham incident, the English fans on the streets and in the crowds have not hesitated to give me a verbal ribbing. It’s all part of touring overseas and at times they do actually come up with some witty remarks.
It’s certainly an exciting time and I just can’t wait for the series to begin. I can understand why people have England as favourites but I truly believe our group can win this series. Everyone’s form is improving and we have many more than 11 players pushing for selection, which makes for healthy competition.comments powered by Disqus