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A pizza history

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After our winning start to the tour on Wednesday the squad enjoyed a rest day today prior to the second ODI on Friday.

The day started with some early morning exercises at the hotel with physio Fran - this wasn’t welcomed by all of the squad as they needed to meet at 7.45am in the pouring rain. Not exactly what they had in mind for their rest day.

The early start was to accommodate a bus tour around the sights of Sydney kindly arranged by our hosts. We started off at Circular Quay and visited the Opera House and took in the views of the Harbour Bridge and the city skyline which is pretty impressive, even on a cloudy day such as this.

England Blind Team

The England team take a guided tour of the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the second ODI on Friday

We then moved on to the Rocks area of Sydney where we enjoyed lunch at the aptly named Australian Hotel, which our driver Dennis assured us served the best steaks in town.

Not sure when Dennis last ate at this particular hotel but steaks were very definitely not part of the menu.

Those that wanted steaks moved on to another eatery whilst the rest of us tucked into a variety of local delicacies including sea bass, crocodile pizza and kangaroo pizza. I opted for kangaroo pizza which was…interesting!

After lunch we moved on to the SCG. We had a tour of the ground and were able to visit the dressing rooms where lots of Australian players have quaked in their boots before being humbled by England over the years.

The tour is very good and I would recommend it but, after all is said and done, it’s no Lord's.

The highlight for rugby fan Dave Powers was on the trip back to the hotel when Dennis the driver took us back via the Sydney Olympic Park.

This impressive site, on the outskirts of the city is home to the ANZ Stadium, formerly the Telstra Stadium where England won the Rugby World Cup back in 2003.

England Blind Team

The team stopped off at the famous Sydney Opera House during a city tour a day after winning the first one-dayer

Dave took great delight in reliving the last 20 seconds of that game when England beat Australia. His memory of it was very colourful and we all enjoyed listening to our hosts moaning and telling him to shut up.

Thinking about it, our hosts were subjected to quite a bit of barracking today, particularly when they were telling us how old some of Sydney’s landmarks were. They were very impressed and proud of their history. I don’t really need to say anymore do I?

Bring on tomorrow when hopefully we will take a step closer to writing some history of our own.