Hard work at the WACA
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All our ODIs were played at the WACA and as I played a few games here when I played state cricket it kind of felt like my home ground. It's a brilliant place to play even if it does get up to 40 degrees.
We had setbacks before we even got out on the park for the first two games as we lost Claire Taylor and then Katherine Brunt through injury.
We all knew we were going to be up against it but ready for the fight. The games didn't quite go to plan as we didn't take our chances in the field and the Aussie batters cashed in on our mistakes. But after losing the first two games and the series we weren't prepared to give them a whitewash.
We were given a day off and as it had been so full-on a couple of us went fishing just to chill out. I never thought it would be something I enjoy as I'm so impatient but I actually enjoyed it and can't wait to go back again. I got so excited when there was a tug on the line and I was fighting hard to win the battle. When I finally managed to get the line up we realised I had caught seaweed and the tug was the line getting caught on some rocks!
As it is so hot out here our physio makes us do hydration tests every morning which involves testing our wee to see if we have hydrated well enough. Unfortunately, despite being here for five days one of our girls (it would be rude for me to give a name but she is our wicketkeeper) left the samples outside the wrong room. What a lovely surprise for someone in the morning!
The 3rd ODI was a much better game for us and we managed to take wickets early, which meant our spinners could control the game in the middle.
They set us 212 to win and we got off to a great start with Heather (Knight) and Dani Wyatt setting a good base before Dani ran herself out.
Lydia (Greenway) came in and took the Aussies to pieces and smashed her reverse sweeps. Requiring 50 runs to win I was in with a runner. The Aussies were saying it was interesting that my runner was the one who ran herself out, but Charlotte continued to smash it and we won the game by seven wickets to finish on a high.
We get very busy from now on as we travel, train and play daily throughout the Twenty20 series. We all found it strange when we flew over to Adelaide as the time difference of two-and-a-half hours and meant I was still wide awake come 1am.
There was a good buzz training at the Adelaide Oval as the men were there too. It was great to soak up some of the atmosphere before we play there on Wednesday in front of the cameras and before the men. Once we start the series the games will come thick and fast, which is something we are all looking forward to.