Young Yorkshire star Will Rhodes blogs from the United Arab Emirates as England Under-19s compete in the Tri-series against the hosts and Pakistan.
Training has gone really well for the lads so far and everyone is acclimatised to the conditions that Abu Dhabi has to offer. It feels strange for many as we are playing cricket in 30-plus degrees heat in December.
The standard of nets is good, always with a great competitive nature between the batters and bowlers. The bowlers are running in hard and getting plenty of overs into their legs and the batters are always adapting to the different conditions we are faced with.
Both wicketkeepers, Lew (Lewis McManus from Hampshire) and Clarkey (Joe Clarke from Worcestershire), are also being put through their paces with Carl Hopkinson, one of coaches out here.
As usual, dual aspirations is on the top of Kate Green's menu. Kate, our Personal Development and Welfare Coach, is always fitting time into our busy schedule to provide valuable time for the lads to concentrate on school or university work when they are on tour. Those not in education have been given the opportunity to complete their Level 2 Coaching Award.
A couple of nights ago, we all went to the Abu Dhabi mall. Arguably one of the biggest and best malls we have been to, it gave us a great chance to do a little bit of Christmas shopping and watch some local shows right at the heart of the mall.
I and a few others decided to treat ourselves to an ice cream. As we placed our orders, we were shocked to see the ice cream men behind the counter start throwing our orders across the shop.
However as we all turned to follow the ice cream ball in mid-flight, we were thankful to see another ice cream man pluck the ice cream ball out of the air and land it straight into our pot. I've seen some good things on tour both on and off the field but that has to be right up there with the best.
It's great to be rooming with Jonny Tattersall out here in Abu Dhabi. As a fellow Yorkie, we seem to find ourselves rooming on every tour we go on.
Another bonus about Tatts is that he has brought his PS3 with him. On most nights, we have had the two Surrey boys, Dom Sibley and Jack Winslade, in our rooms for a little bit of extra competition off the cricket field.
As a northerner, it's always a great feeling to get one over a southerner but as of now I still haven't beaten Sibbers at Fifa, which is rather disappointing! I think he just seems to raise his game against Yorkshire at everything!
We played against Pakistan in our first warm-up match. I felt honoured to captain the side on the first game of the tour. Although losing the game, the team felt as a whole that a lot of positives could be taken from the game. This included Tatts and Barney's (Ed Barnard of Worcestershire) partnership. They both showed great maturity and played with confidence after losing a few early wickets.
At the lunch break, I asked the lads for a hard opening spell against the Pakistan opening batters and that's exactly what I got! Both Winslade (Surrey) and Josh Shaw (Yorkshire) bowled with aggression to restrict Pakistan to 10 for two off the opening seven overs.
Unfortunately, a couple of reasonable partnerships followed and Pakistan knocked our low score of 142 off in the 38th over with the loss of six wickets.