Well so far so good this summer, the team is continuing to make progress and we’re starting to see how good our depth is after the recent success of Jackson Bird and Phil Hughes.
It seems whenever a player is ruled out, another comes in and does the job. This is going to be tested even more by the retirements of Ricky and Huss, who were such pivotal players for us in the middle order. It was an honour to play with the both of them and to play in their final Tests. I’ve learnt so much from the both of them so it’s up to players like myself to stand up and become as prolific as they were. We’ll miss you boys!
A lot has been made of the rotation policy and decision to leave myself out of the first couple of ODIs against Sri Lanka.
I can understand the uproar, but the facts are we need to have a break at some stage. Next up we’re off to India for a Test series, then the Ashes, then the Champions Trophy, then back to India for ODIs then the Ashes again at home. There’s about 4 weeks with no cricket in the next year and for most of that time I will be at the IPL.
So although its hard to miss out and watch the boys go around, I know that I need this break to freshen up mentally more than anything.
With my time off I’ve been trying to relax as much as possible – which really involves just normal things like walking my dog, hanging out and spending time with the family.
I did however go to Melbourne for a sponsors event with Asics, where I faced up to a few serves from Aussie tennis star Sam Stosur – with a cricket bat in my hand of course. It was a bit like facing Lasith Malinga with the kick serve dipping and moving all over the place. I did used to play a bit of tennis when I was younger so it was good to get to serve a few at Sam as well. I wish her all the best on the WTA tour this year.
Anyway that’s about all that’s been happening, I’ll be back in action for the Aussies from the 3rd ODI.
Until next time, Davecomments powered by Disqus
Our victory in Hobart was special for many reasons.
The lads enjoyed a good celebration in the dressing rooms after the game, savouring a few beers in our whites and baggy greens before returning to our hotel. I dont think there is anything as sweet as a Test match win.
It only clicked in my mind on the final day as Sri Lanka were edging towards a draw that we may enter the Boxing Day Test match without a win under our belt this summer.
In my mind (and yes, I am bias) that would have been grossly unfair.
The victory in Hobart was one we deserved after coming up with donuts against South Africa when deep down I think everyone felt we should've taken something out of it. I'd be lying if my mind didn't flash back to Adelaide on that final day, but I always felt given the state of the pitch that a result was more likely in Hobart.
It proved to be the case and it was great to see a real breakthrough moment come for Mitchell Starc in the Test arena. He stepped up when we needed him!
On a personal note I was happy to score a couple of half-centuries. Consistency is something I'm looking to improve on and while obviously disappointed not to go on with it, scoring consistently has me feeling confident for Boxing Day.
For now I'm back at home with friends and family before heading down to Melbourne to celebrate Xmas and then Boxing Day!
Merry Xmas to all thanks for everyone's support over the year. Warner31.com will be back next year bigger and better!comments powered by Disqus