Looking good on and off the field
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Amid all the training and practice games (won one, lost two) the England girls have kept themselves busy in the cafés and more notably the shops around Melbourne.
Rosalie Birch has taken it upon herself to make over fellow Sussex player Caroline Atkins (right); out have come the skinny jeans, multiple vests – “It’s all about the layering” - as well as the ballet pumps. Not bad for someone who used to spend all her time in jeans and trainers!
On Thursday we had our first full day off. Cue the rain. It started at 7am (I know this because I was jogging through it) and stopped mid-afternoon. Players and management alike were fairly miffed as most had planned a tan top-up at some point during the day.
Myself and Sue, the physio, took the opportunity to take the free tram ride around the sights of Melbourne. However after 10 minutes of staring out of steamed-up windows, we opted for an early lunch in a Japanese restaurant on the South Bank of the river.
We thought we could wile away a few hours people-watching and generally seeing the world, or more precisely Melbourne, go by; but the maitre-d’ had other ideas and we were practically kicked out an hour later!
So we headed up the Rialto tower to get 360 degree views of Melbourne. A fantastic view point, with loads to see including the Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne Open Tennis), the MCG...
...the Telstra Dome and the fantastic ways the Aussies save space like building car parks and tennis courts on roof tops!
That night a couple of the girls and the two coaches headed to the theatre to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert. They all returned in high spirits singing along to the songs and wishing they could have pulled off the garish outfits. Roll on Sydney when there are plans to go and see Billy Elliot.
On Friday afternoon we kicked off our first game of the tour with a Twenty20 at the MCG. We were playing ahead of the India v Australia T20 and as the game drew to a close we were playing in front of a crowd of 27,000.
Following the game, which we lost by 21 runs, we headed up to the Olympic Room for hospitality, courtesy of Cricket Victoria.
It was the perfect opportunity to pull out our lovely new Paul Costelloe suits, which everybody looks great in and we attracted many compliments from the assembled throng.
We were all very impressed to see we were sharing the room with cricket legend Shane Warne, Kel from “Cath and Kim” as well as Australian athletics star Cathy Freeman. We were also joined by Izzy from Neighbours after she had done her stint with her band, the Rogue Traders, in the interval of the men’s game.
Tomorrow (Sunday) we start our ODI series with two back to back games at the MCG.