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Passport control

Posted in Disability Cricket

What a strange feeling it is to be sat here in Dubai, writing a blog about being on tour.

We arrived in the early hours of Monday morning and were greeted by beautiful sunshine and a warm breeze.

I'd love to sit here and tell you that it was plain sailing getting the boys here but, for one player in particular, it was quite an ordeal.

Poor Sam Wyles from Warwickshire had the fright of his life when his passport went missing. I take full responsibility for his stress as I had put all the squad passports in my hotel safe and unfortunately, Sam's was still there when we were checking in.

A taxi ride later and it was problem solved although the lads have not let me forget it.

After a flight of over seven hours, we fully expected the lads to be out on their feet, but not a chance. We had breakfast, checked into our rooms, changed into our swimming gear and did a pool session.

On Tuesday afternoon, we finally got to the Global Cricket Academy, the venue for all of our training and matches.

The academy is breathtakingly good - no expense has been spared in creating what is surely one of the finest facilities in the world.

We trained all afternoon and that has been the story of our tour so far. We get up early, we train hard and everybody is loving the experience.

Sam Wyles

Sam Wyles had a scare when I misplaced his passport just hours after landing in Dubai. The lads haven't let me forget about it since.

It has hit me over the last two days just how far our game has come. In Chris Ellison and Will Kitchen we have two fine coaches with great experience and knowledge. We have a physio Fran Clarkson at the top of her game, Richard Hill is not only a scorer, he is assisting with stats and technical analysis, and let's not forget Ian Martin, the man whose efforts have brought us to the verge of our first ever international series.

We have Thursday morning off where the boys will have some time to rest and take stock. We'll regroup in the afternoon and go again.

It's nearly time for the big one. We'll be ready, have no fear.