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Fun and games with EPP

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We've been in Mumbai for over a week now and the lads have settled in well. Facilities at the DY Patil Stadium have been fantastic and the hotel is ideally located and a good standard. Having got the flight out of our legs, training has been intense from day one - building up to the first game.

One of the difficulties of travelling for such long periods is trying to fill the large amount of downtime. FIFA, Football Manager, Call of Duty and a newly-created ‘Corridor Crazy Golf’ are all being used to fill the evenings.

Unfortunately, the most overrated player in the FIFA arena is my roomy Scott Borthwick. He talks a great game but should probably stick to Football Manager, which he seems more suited to, as he has been the common denominator of the losing side far too often.

The messiest room has to be Craig Kieswetter's; there are toys everywhere from him losing repeatedly on Call of Duty to myself and Jos Buttler, and then blaming his partner.

We have also played some cricket. Arguably the pitches have been too good for seamers like myself and not fully representing a classic flat Indian wicket. From a bowling side, volume is slowly increasing and the conditions are certainly testing. The locals have helped in servicing the batsmen, with some expected mystery spinners and some dubious pace bowling actions coming off 16 yards.

The Test boys - Joe Root, Stuart Meaker and Graham Onions - joined us for the innings-and-193-run win over a DY Patil Academy XI and it was nice to see them and Steven Finn, another Test party member, who was already with us.

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Toby Roland-Jones

The facilities here at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai, where I am in this picture, are excellent

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