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Heat, humidity and a pet elephant

Tymal Mills blogs from Sri Lanka where he is on tour with the England Lions squad.

Hello all from a hot and humid Colombo.

We've now been in Sri Lanka for over a week and have just finished our first three-day warm-up game.

We were joined at the airport by Liam Plunkett, who has replaced Chris Jordan on the tour and he has settled in well.

I was really pleased for my fellow fast bowler Mark Wood who took five wickets on his England Lions debut in Colombo at the weekend

Our captain for the tour, Chris Woakes, joined us out here after being with the England squad in Australia.

We started training right away, getting straight into the nets to give everyone a chance to get accustomed to the conditions, and it's safe to say it was a shock to everyone's system as the humidity hit us all hard.

We've all put the work in over the winter in Australia and Loughborough and are all confident and looking forward to the Test series against Sri Lanka A.

I'm rooming with the other new face on the team, Ollie Rayner, and we've set off well for the five weeks with the Xbox being the first thing set up in the room.

We're staying pretty central in Colombo, a short walk or tuk-tuk ride away from everything that we need.

I was in Sri Lanka three years ago with the Under-19s and have been looking forward to getting back as it's a great place to tour.

Myself, Plunkett, Rayner, Ben Foakes and James Vince visited a local temple one night where we were shown around and introduced to their elephant which they had in the back garden - as you do!

In the game that finished yesterday there were some good performances, with Moeen Ali getting a fifty in the first innings and Mark Wood taking five wickets on his Lions debut. That was nice to see as a fellow fast bowler.

We stay for another week or so in Colombo where we have another three day warm-up game before travelling up to Kandy for the first 'Test', which I know we are all looking forward to.

Hope all is well back home.

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