Caps, balloons and coffee breaks
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We arrived in Sydney on Tuesday evening to overcast conditions and swathes of black clouds. Not great considering the sunshine and soaring temperatures we’d left behind in Melbourne.
We had half an hour before we were due out again, this time at The British Consulate in Macquarie Place for a reception. After an interesting journey, which involved one bus getting lost, we arrived to breathtaking views over the harbour. You could see both the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the window in the room we were in.
We met Tim Holmes, the British Consul-General as well as other members from the British Consulate Office and personnel from Cricket Australia. It was purely for the England girls and we attracted yet more compliments for our Paul Costelloe suits – our 'Number Ones'.
We were served some delicious canapés, which the girls rated on the way back, with coconut chicken and goats cheese on fried parmesan coming out top!
Our third ODI at the Drummoyne Oval was called off early in the day due to a waterlogged pitch. With changeable weather conditions and no indoor nets available the players got a day off. Most of them headed off to Bondi Beach to the shopping centre where Caroline got yet more new outfits, overseen by Rosalie of course.
The management knuckled down to some work, before deciding a coffee break was required. Four of us jumped into one of the mini buses that Cricket Australia have brilliantly provided us with for transportation and tried to head to Fox Studios, which was allegedly five minutes away. An hour and a quarter later we arrived – thanks to some fantastic navigating from Clare (Connor)!
After finding the coach park (our bus is too tall for ordinary car parks) we chose a coffee shop with huge benches outside and after shivering for five minutes, the unanimous decision was to move inside. (It is honestly really cold over here!) I chose an orange and passion fruit curd cupcake (wrong decision) while the others all opted for sensible muffins and brownies. Mine honestly tasted like pork scratchings and I felt really hard done by!
Captain Lottie was due to have been playing her 100th ODI on the Thursday and so we had organised a team meal at Nick’s restaurant on Cockle Bay Wharf. We went ahead and celebrated the achievement – no mean feat considering her debut was in 1996. She actually played her 100th match on the Sunday at the SCG and scored 70 not out and hit the winning runs as England cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Australia to take a lead in the series 2-1. She described it as a “fairytale - the best cricket game of my life!”
It was nice to catch up with my boss, Head of Corporate Communications, Colin Gibson on Saturday morning. We headed off for a breakfast meeting on the Rocks. He was on good form having spent the past week in New Zealand with the men’s team and as it was his birthday we presented him with a bunch of balloons which he appreciated!
On Friday we were invited to hospitality at the men’s ODI between Australia and Sri Lanka. We were entertained in the Alan Davidson room and shared the room with Australian surf star Layne Beechley, her boyfriend Kirk Pengilly from INXS, Liz Ellis the former Australian netball captain and former sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor.
It was a little overwhelming being with so many talented individuals but very entertaining. Our very own Jenny Gunn was called up to do a Q&A session on the microphone in the interval about her time playing in Sydney and her experiences in Australia and she was followed to the mic by an extremely funny Liz Ellis, who had us all in stitches.
There were manicures and massages being given out for free throughout the evening and the full England team made use of them all. Physio Sue was glad for the massages as it meant her skills were spared for the evening and she could have an evening off!
The sun shone for us on Monday as we played the final ODI of the series. Steph Davies was awarded her first international cap (left) and claimed four wickets on her debut, a fantastic effort. Australia went on to win the match by 41 runs and therefore levelled the series 2-2.
My personal highlight from this week was standing behind Dan Carter at the SCG for about half an hour as the girls were training in the indoor nets. The best half hour outside of cricket so far on this tour!