After surviving the heat in Dubai, I'm now in Sri Lanka where the temperature has dropped but the humidity is still high. The group are bonding together really well now after spending the past month together and we're all feeling quietly confident of making a big impact in the tournament.
Being silly on the training park
In the nets at Colombo
Preparing to slog
look behind you Mickey!
My good mate Nirjon who says I need to go somewhere quiet and relax
Personally I'm feeling really good out in the middle, I got my duck out of the way in the warm-up match and hit the ball pretty cleanly against Ireland. I set my self to bat through the innings and was disappointed to throw my wicket away. Was great to see Watto in form and I think if the two of us can step it up this tournament at the top then we'll be hard to beat.
I've had a few people asking me about what was said on the field against Ireland. I'm sorry to disappoint but what was said stays on the field. I love a bit of on-field banter and while it got a little bit heated at times, neither side crossed the line and I thought it added some spice to the contest. After the game we shake hands and move on. Ireland are a dangerous side in this form of the game and we certainly weren't going to take a backward step out there.
We've been training really hard since we got here. The training is a little bit different to a test series. We do a lot of high intensity work and the batsmen have a bit more license to practice their boundary hitting.
Our coach Mickey Arthur has been great at really getting us to step up our intensity at training, which hopefully will pay dividends. But the great thing about Mickey is that while he takes his cricket seriously he doesn't mind a laugh, even if it is at his expense! There have been a few pranks directed his way of late and he has copped them all in good spirit.
Loving every minute of it on tour and hopefully a huge knock and many wins are around the corner.
Until next time,