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We’ve been in Melbourne for three full days now and everything is going well. The flight was uneventful and we arrived at our accommodation at around 11pm on Sunday evening.

We are staying at St Mary’s College at the University of Melbourne which is pretty central to all the main attractions of the city. It must be said that whilst the accommodation is modest, the environment is wonderful. It's very, very peaceful given that we are in the middle of one of the biggest cities in Australia.

As I write the boys are away training on the University cricket ground. Preparations for our first game are going well. We are all over the effects of the flight now and back into normal sleep patterns. The lads have trained everyday, including a session at the MCG Indoor Centre on Monday afternoon.

The weather is being kind to us at the moment and is forecasted to be good for the rest of the week. We had some rain on Sunday and Monday and by all accounts the grounds needed it following a week of temperatures in the high 30s. That seems to have moved on now and we are enjoying a nice heat that is similar to a decent summer's day back home with a gentle breeze to keep us cool.

The welcome ceremony took place in the Olympic Suite at the MCG yesterday afternoon, where all of the players and officials were welcomed to Victoria by the CEO of Cricket Victoria, Tony Dodemaide. There followed a meeting for the coaches, managers, umpires and tournament organisers regarding the playing conditions and tournament rules and final arrangements.

Tournament starts today with the hosts playing South Africa at Junction Oval, St Kilda - Shane Warne's home club.

We start our campaign tomorrow against Australia in the showpiece game of the tournament at the MCG. Needless to say everybody is looking forward to it, particularly given the venue.

So far the tour has been relatively uneventful with us being able to focus solely on preparing the team for the challenges ahead. The team is likely to include the newly nicknamed Jedward - Peter Brown - so named for his ridiculous tour haircut.

Fingers crossed for a good performance tomorrow and a wining start to the tournament.

Bobby Denning

Coach Bobby Denning looks in a relaxed mood as the team took some time out from training