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A date at the MCG

Posted in Disability Cricket

Having arrived late on Saturday night with a light training session planned for early Sunday morning to avoid jet lag, it was a surprise to see our training area under water based on the recent good weather in Melbourne.

The session still took place however, lead by Kate Peckham our physio. This mainly involved some light running, stetching and core stability work. A trip into the city in the afternoon ensured the players could relax and settle into the new environment.

Monday morning was frustrating with training being cancelled due to overnight rain. The schedule for the day needed to be changed to ensure we could get some cricket specific training and we were fortunate enough to be able to use the MCG.

I am pleased to report that the session achieved everything we wanted from it, particularly important with the squad not being able to train on Sunday. I have not seen the players more focussed than they were at the MCG.

A light fielding session followed on a nearby park (Melbourne Uni outfield was unfit) in the early evening prior to the more intense fielding session that would take place Tuesday morning.

Tuesday morning saw the players undergo half an hour of intense fielding and work on the bowling machine. A core stability session took place in the evening with the bowlers having a 30-minute target bowling session.

The competition was originally due to be played with white balls which has now changed to pink, so this was also a good opportunity for the players to use these.

At the time of writing, its 8.15 on Wednesday morning, prior to our first game at the MCG against Australia tomorrow. The players will undergo a net session this morning, followed by a visit to the MCG to watch Victoria v Queensland in a day-night game.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

England will play Australia at the magnificent MCG - Bobby Denning is hoping his side can make a winning start to the tournament

Les Randall and myself will be going to watch Australia v South Africa in the opening game of this competition and will catch up with our players and other staff at the MCG later. Our squad for tomorrow's game will be announced tonight.

In writing this blog and reflecting on its content, it puts into realtiy how far the elite end of the disabled game has moved on and the importance of tomorrow's game and our preparations can't be overstated.

A big thanks to those who have sent messages wishing us all the best.

The weather when we arrived wasn’t what we expected to ensure we could prepare and the rain on Sunday was more appropriate for an Accrington Stanley v Farsley Celtic football fixture!

Can I also thank Gary Frost from Sutton CC for his messages of good luck. I hope your 50th birthday party goes well and sorry I can't be there.

I look forward to writing more blogs over the next few days.