Fran Wilson blogs for the third and final time on England Women's Academy’s tour of Sri Lanka.
We are now coming to the end of our time in Sri Lanka. It has been a brilliant two weeks with a lot to be positive about, in particular winning over half of our matches against Sri Lanka Emerging Women (their development squad), which at times has included up to six of their full women's team.
It has been really fulfilling to be part of a squad in which everyone has contributed in some form. We have also been well led by Tammy Beaumont on the field, and the management team have been faultless in ensuring we have been ready to perform to our best.
The Premadasa Stadium was the venue for our Twenty20 double-header and first 50-over match, and it was a great opportunity to play at an international stadium. We didn't quite fill the entire ground(!), but I am pleased to announce that we had about 30 stray dogs watch us get the better of our opposition. One in particular we affectionately named ‘Pig’ because it was so ugly and hairless it resembled a pig, obviously.
Towards the end of our stay, a large proportion of us decided to dine at a slightly posher than normal restaurant. Rather bravely we allowed ‘loose cannon’ and the youngest member of the squad Hollie Armitage to join us. She did not disappoint. After asking if she could get fish fingers, she proceeded to steal my iPhone and take over 300 photos of nothing important - thanks Hollie!
After a fantastic few weeks away I will miss the good company, beautiful weather and carefree atmosphere. However, the daily urine testing and physio Phil's pool recovery will not be missed! We are all now looking forward to the season ahead when we can put into practice all of the experiences that we have had out here on the field back home.