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Eyes on Australia

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It seems a while since my last blog and a lot has happened so I’m not sure where to start, but here goes.

During the summer the Chance to Shine girls travel the country (even venturing to Wales and the Isle of Wight) to coach cricket.

Lydia Greenway, Danni Hazell and I all journeyed to Northampton where we saw a new side to Danni. The normally quiet and shy person turned into an energetic, loud mouth. But only after her third tea of the morning though.

It was a two-day camp and after the first day all the coaching staff went out for an Indian. It did make me laugh when everyone ordered a curry except the last person who ordered an English steak.

I feel like I’ve had a bit of bad luck this month. Firstly my car was clamped, then I was involved in a car accident and to top it off I got smashed on the head whilst feeding the bowling machine for Danni Hazell.

So I thought I should have a go on the lottery, thinking I was due for a bit of good luck. I sat there with my ticket on Saturday night so excited, only to not get one number. Maybe next week my luck will change.

On the cricket front I’m still getting Nottinghamshire's game against Sussex. We bowled the best we had bowled all season to restrict them to 131 - great. This was our chance to get a big scalp and we were so up for the run chase.

We were 116 for three - I bet your thinking to yourself, easy win. Well we lost seven wickets for six runs to lose by 11 runs. I still shake my head thinking how we managed to lose.

We didn’t have the best county season but somehow managed to stay up by two points. So we have a lot to work on for next year as other counties seem to be going further away from us.

Last week most of the England girls played in The Wisden Cricketer Magazine day. It was eight-a-side on the Nursery Ground at Lord's, there were three England girls in each team and the rest were cricket writers or journalists. We were a player short so I tried to recruit Sir Paul McCartney who was in the Lord’s gym but he was slightly too busy.

I was captain of Jenny’s Jaguars and we smashed Lottie’s Lions to get into the final. It was freezing cold and some of the men could hit the ball pretty hard, but thankfully it tended to go over the boundary rope rather then at me.

Jenny Gunn

I can't wait for this winter's tour of Australia where we will try to retain the Ashes after three one-dayers in Perth

We lost the final in the last over but it was a good fun day and there were a few awards to follow. Danni Hazell won the biggest six for hitting a guy’s car on the far side of the ground - and it was into the wind as well, but the big award for ‘thanks for coming’ was given to Charlotte who got a ball smashed in her throat whilst keeping.

Personally I would have given it to Anya who got run out by Holly without facing a ball. The still makes me smile.

So this time of year most people will be putting there cricket bags into the loft, folding their whites and putting there feet up. Well I’ve already had two indoor one-to-one coaching sessions, have fitness testing next weekend and have sent my bats off to be cleaned up ready for the winter. No break from cricket for me.

In four weeks we head to Sri Lanka for two one-day internationals and three Twenty20s. We have a younger team going on this tour with four Academy players getting the opportunity to step up to the England squad.

This tour will be part of our preparation for the big one later in the winter when we head Down Under for our Ashes.

For me the tour to Australia is the target, it’s the one I’ll be doing everything I can to get selected for. The one-dayers are over in Perth which is like my second home. It will be great to see old friends as well as play warm-up games against Western Fury, who I used to played for.

But of course retaining the Ashes is the target for the tour and playing two of our Twenty20 matches as curtain raisers to the men’s games should create a great atmosphere and is fantastic for the women’s game.

So bring on the winter.