Foo Fighters and Deidre's specs
Posted in Disability Cricket
After three days of training and acclimatisation the tour entered a new phase this morning with the arrival of the Pakistani team and the realisation that we have just one more training session before the first game.
Breakfast was interesting this morning with both sides eyeing each other up for the first time and trying to figure out who might be the danger men on either side.
Having arrived late last night the Pakistanis looked a little weary but I am sure they will be ready for the challenge once the action starts on Saturday.
Our boys were in the pool for an aqua session with physio Fran at 8am this morning and looked fit and fresh when they arrived for breakfast an hour later, dressed pristinely in their England training kit – they really looked the business and I am sure made a big impression on our opponants.
Thankfully the weather has been kind to us so far. The heat has been comfortable and not oppressive. Scorer Richard and I even put jackets on last night whilst watching the lads train under the lights at the Global Cricket Academy.
A few selection headaches for Ellers (coach Chris Ellison) as he ponders his starting XI for tomorrow's game. A couple of niggling strains in a couple of players and some strong performances in training from others – it's all to play for as we go into our final training session.
A few stirling performances off the field so far include Matty Partington, who never stops talking, mostly about nothing in particular and who has contributed significantly to the fines pot for smashing the volleyball from the pool into the car park (pool is on the roof, car park is six stories below).
Personally I’m grateful to assistant coach Will Kitchen who forgot the lead that attaches his iPad to his docking station. I, therefore, have acquired the docking station and am able to rock the Foo Fighters at significant volume - hope my new Pakistani neighbour likes them.
The acquisition of Will’s docking station is a personal victory for me after he informed me that my sunglasses looked like a pair of safety glasses – I was not impressed. Moments later he then opened his bag and put on a pair that Deirdre from Corrie must have lent him.
Fair to say all is good in our camp at the moment and long may it continue.