Growing on and off the pitch

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As the dust begins to settle on the academy tour to India with the unpacking all but done (probably not for some!) it is time to reflect on the objectives set and the successes the squad had.

Having had the privilege of captaining the girls in three of the matches I certainly saw some very promising signs and performances from many player's first hand.

However, it was undoubtedly the time that people were able to spend in the nets with the never-tiring array of talented bowlers that will stand us in good stead in everyone's ambition of making the step up to the full England team and international cricket.

Being challenged not just technically, physically but also mentally whenever you entered a practice session was something that allowed players to grow in confidence and make huge strides forward in short periods of time.

Equally, off the pitch players grew as individuals and the afternoon with the orphaned and deprived children really helped put a true perspective on our own lives. It gave us a reality check on just how to enjoy and seize every opportunity life throws at you.

The intense nature of such a programme, with the quality of coaching that was available is something as players that if seized, can propel our game to the next level whatever stage of development we may be at.

I know everyone is now looking forward to the upcoming Super 4's competition especially with anticipation and a desire to put our individual marks on it.

A big thank you must go to all those involved at the Global Cricket School in Pune and our own management team for making this such a challenging and rewarding experience.

England Women's Academy