Getting a taste of life Down Under
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I met the rest of the squad at Heathrow Airport in anticipation of my first England Lions tour, and together we began the long journey to Australia.
Having been on the opposite side to most of my new team-mates it was interesting getting to know them all better and spending time with a lot of new people.
Upon arrival we were all ready to just collapse on our bed due to the lengthy flying time.
We spent the first day in Australia just chilling and recovering from the jetlag, and in the afternoon the batters arrived including fellow Essex boy Ben Foakes, who I am rooming with for the trip.
The first week was spent mostly training in the mornings and getting our skills up to speed. However, the free afternoons allowed us to venture out into the city and get a taste for life Down Under.
Melbourne itself was an amazing place, with an awesome coffee shop culture and an immense similarity to America.
There was plenty to do; a few of the boys sampled a variety of restaurants, and most mornings it seemed that the food got the better of Wrighty (Chris Wright) and TRJ (Toby Roland-Jones).
One morning myself, Titch (James Taylor), Colesy (Matt Coles), Foakesy and Stokesy (Ben Stokes) unfortunately ended up practically deserted on a derelict beach - it was not what we quite imagined. On the other hand we were still able to bask in the hot Australian sun which is always a bonus!
After moving in to the game period, where free time becomes rare and needed for recovery, I found myself getting competitive on the XBox playing FIFA or trying to get rid of my terrible t-shirt tans
Obviously losing the first three games wasn't ideal, but the lads still stayed strong in spirit and the social cohesion of the group is first-rate with some hilarious characters and I have got to know them.
We then moved on to Hobart, where the feel is much different to the fast-moving style of Melbourne.
The ground where we are training is very nice and we look out from the pavilion on to the pitch with a mountainous backdrop. Steaks still seem to be beating the boys with many grills and restaurants near the hotel. However, rumours of the shark-infested waters have kept us all well away from the shore and in the coffee shops instead.
We are all looking forward to getting to Sydney where we spend the final leg of our tour.