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Last call for Sydney

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Imogen Gaunt

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Preparations are well under way as we all get ready ahead of departure for the ICC Women’s World Cup in Sydney which runs from March 7-22.

The management and six players head out of Heathrow on February 19, with the other nine players already out there acclimatising. We’ve had six playing cricket in Australia since last year, Caroline Atkins goes on February 4, while Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh head out together on February 10.

So, with just under three weeks to go, I am busily organising interviews with players and management alike to drum up interest and generate coverage ahead of the tournament. I’ve been having meetings with sports editors, journalists and agencies to garner support and sell-in ideas to their publications with our players.

We’ve got a media day at Loughborough on February 7 which is the last time the nine players still in England will be together training before we all meet up again in Australia on February 21.

Last weekend we had a training session with a difference when the players learnt to dance as one of their sessions. Very entertaining, but I am a bit scared that it will become our World Cup team dance and we’ll all have to learn the moves!

We’ve got quite a media team heading down under too which will certainly help with coverage of the tournament itself. Russ from the ECB website is going to be doing regular updates from the matches and features, as well as Ali Mitchell, the Radio Five Live reporter who is covering it for the BBC.

We’ve also got our new suits and number twos (casual gear) coming from Paul Costelloe in the next few weeks which is very exciting. He’s designed a new suit for us especially for this year as it’s a busy one for England women. After the ICC World Cup the players start preparing for the inaugural ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and then it’s the npower Women’s Ashes, so there’s a lot going on.

Immediately though the focus is on the World Cup and each of us is really getting stuck in to ensure we all deliver in our individual roles to produce a winning England team both on and off the pitch.