Our mindset is key to future success

Posted in Disability Cricket

Playing in Australia, a Test match draw, three wins out of three in the Twenty20s and two wins out of three in the ODIs: not a bad return, many will say.

In a strange sort of way, I am delighted to be bitterly disappointed. I say this because not only mine, but everyone in the camp’s disappointment not to come away from Australia unbeaten shows the belief and winning mindset that we have created.

We had our fair share of the Test match over the first two days and with Australia going into the final day 70 for five, we were disappointed not to be batting by early afternoon to win the game. Their big sixth-wicket partnership prevented this despite us keeping to our discipline with the ball.

Our success in the Twenty20s and the ODIs meant we should have gone into the ODI final with belief but for whatever reason it didn't happen and we were badly beaten.

So we come home with a good record with most of the squad significantly performing at some point in the tour - again showing the ability and belief.

Off the field, a good management structure with daily meetings etc. contributed to the success.

The schedule allowed for very little time off and I feel this kept the momentum going for us. Even a week of heavy rain and lack of outdoor facilities on which to train (we arrived six days before the first Test to allow good preparation time) didn't take the focus off the first morning of the Test match (an indoor facility became our second home).

We are now finalising our summer schedule for games against the MCC, Northamptonshire Academy and Devon.

Thanks to everyone who sent through messages of support prior to the tour and during it. All the best and thanks for reading.