It’s been an up and down start to our tour of the West Indies, with a bit of inconsistency on our part and a spirited home team forcing both the one-day and twenty20 series’ to end in a draw. There were some exciting finishes and if nothing else it has given the crowds a good spectacle.
The West Indies crowd is like no other in the world, they really get into it and never stop dancing all day. Initially I thought it may have just been something in the drinks they were having but I’ve been reliably informed that when the stands are as packed as they’ve been, it's so hard to make it back from getting to the bar that most of the crowd just stay where they are and dance away. It certainly makes for a great atmosphere for all the players and I hope they keep coming back in the Tests.
West Indies is a great place to tour. It’s very relaxing with all the idyllic surroundings, but although its very much a holiday destination, its crucial to remember we’re here as professionals to play cricket. Having said that as professional as I try and be, I’ve still done a bit of snorkelling and fishing (it’s impossible to come here and not), which is actually a great way to forget about cricket and clear the mind. There’s a great array of very colourful sea life to explore and the water is just perfect!
This tour is also the first time my parents have flown over to watch, which is fantastic. It’s a great to see after all their hard work taking me out to games and helping at my local cricket club that they get an opportunity to go overseas and enjoy themselves. Mum just made it over, she gets a bit nervous flying, but my old man I’m sure will be chomping at the bit to get to the cricket and relax with a few rums! Hopefully the cameras keep away from him in the crowd.
But on a serious note with my parents here I want to have a big series in the Tests and contribute to some big totals for the team. The conditions are going to be pretty tricky and different to what we are used to, so I’m trying to face as many balls as I can and be prepared for whatever the Windies throw up. It’s a shame Sunil Narine won’t be there during the series. He was very tough to play on the slow pitches, but I found him a bit easier to pick as the series went on. It’s a shame for Windies cricket he won’t be there.
Also in case you were wondering, I didn't play in the tour match because my back needed a bit of a rest before the Test series. But I guarantee it will be all systems go in the Test series!
Also before I go, I just want to send my love and thoughts to the Fong family, we have lost a very good friend of ours that will be missed forever. 2036 (R.I.P) KITCHIEcomments powered by Disqus
It's been a terrific season at home, I found some form at the end of Comm Bank series and to score four hundreds this summer was fantastic. Hopefully there are some more big scores in the upcoming one-day series in the Caribbean. We are in St Vincent at the moment, which is a beautiful place to tour. The weather here is awesome and the ground is right down near the water and is a beautiful venue to play as you can see from the photo on the right.
After a few days adjusting the body clock in the West Indies I've finally got around to answering your Facebook and Twitter questions. There were so many I decided to pick out the best ones. Thanks to all my fans for their on-going support.
Saksham Anand asks: david i want to ask your biography where u was born,how is your background?
DW: I was born in Paddington, Sydney not far away from the SCG. I was raised in Matraville, which is a south-eastern suburb of Sydney. I have grown up there pretty much my whole life.
Ankit Rajput asks: which format suits your batting most?
DW: It’s hard to say, I suppose twenty20 cricket came most naturally to me initially, but in recent times it is the longer forms of the game where I am feeling more confident. I can take my time and when I play my shots there aren’t fielders out protecting the boundary, so there is a better chance of batting for longer and scoring more runs.
Many fans asked: Which one is your favourite format of cricket?
DW: I love twenty20 but wearing a baggy green in Test cricket is the most satisfying form to play, especially because it allows me to bat at my own pace.
Pramoth RedDevil Jack asks: Which is your favourite game next to cricket? and who is ur favourite sports star ?
DW: I love golf and rugby league and as for my fave sports stars there are a few. I love Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and AB De Villiers. Thankfully I’ve been lucky enough to play with some of those guys. I would love a round with Tiger one day.
Daniel Roy asks: what teams do you support?
DW: My favourite NRL team is the Sydney Roosters.
Thanu Shankar Raja Bro asks: Is dere any secret behind about your No 31 T-shrt number selection?
DW: I picked 31 because 21 was taken and so was 7 so I was stuck with that and in the end I have come to love that number now.
Many fans asked: Have you always been an opening batsmen? Were you ever a bowler or allrounder? Have you thought about batting lower?
DW: I used to bat in the middle order and enjoyed finishing off the innings but I wanted a new challenge and when I was offered to go up the top for my grade team, I took it and have never looked back. I bowl leg spin and will be continuing to improve on this area of my game.
Sam Morgan asks: Do u want to captain australia one day??
DW: Every kids dream is to captain their country and I am no different. It would be a huge honour, but right now I am at the stage of my team where I just need to try and cement a spot in the team. I have so much respect for international captains past and present because having seen the pressure they have to deal with it doesn’t look easy.
Arjun Sheka asks: how & y did u learn right hand batting???????
DW: I learnt when I was younger to bat both ways and the only reason I changed back to left-handed was because I felt I had more power that way and my coach said to me if that’s how I feel then stick to it.
Hrithik Singh asks: to u which bowler is the hardest fr u 2 play & why?
DW: The bowler I never like facing is Malinga, only because you know where he will put the ball and somehow you still find it so hard to hit.
Blair Harrison asks: wat do u look for when choosing your stick ?
DW: I pick the pieces of wood out for my bats and then they get made and sent to me. I like using them a lot in the nets before a game so the bat can be knocked in and ping off!
Morrison Mong asks: who's your favorite room mate?
DW: We don’t have any because we room by ourselves on tour but when I’m home my mate Colby and Ninj
SJWilliams says: do you play golf & what's your handicap?
DW: In golf my handicap is 12 but some people would say I'm cheating haha.comments powered by Disqus