Disability cricket the winner
Posted in Disability Cricket
We have now been in Dubai for a week. The Twenty20 series is over and sadly we were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat.
While the margin sounds conclusive, I don't think there is that much between the two teams. Pakistan have played very well and we have been missing a little bit of composure in the middle order and tail that would have seen us capitalise after being in a strong position in both run-chases.
But that is cricket and we have to learn from it as we enter the next phase of the series - three 40-over one-day internationals that begin today.
Off the field, life has been kind to us in Dubai. While the weather has been hot, it hasn't been the more oppressive heat that is associated with the Gulf region.
In fact, of an evening it has tended to be a bit chilly. Naturally this suits us as the climate has been more like summer back home.
Our hotel is comfortable and the food has been fantastic. I love a good curry and Asian cuisine has been the order of the day -.every day!
Last night after training under the lights at the GCA the boys returned to the hotel in time to see England complete a comprehensive victory over Pakistan up the road in Abu Dhabi. The banter around the group has been fantastic and everyone is in really good spirits.
Liam Thomas and Matty Partington have emerged as the comedians within the group and Ellers (head coach Chris Ellison) and Fran (physio) have also developed into a double act with a particular skill for rearranging bedrooms. I became their first victim when I found my clothes hanging up in the shower when I had left them neatly in my wardrobe!
It sounds easy to say, particularly after two defeats, that it is the cricket that has been the winner so far. However, I firmly believe that is the case.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat was a guest at the second T20 along with some of his staff and all left the game enthused by what they had seen.
The coverage on Sky during the interval of the first ODI from Abu Dhabi has received much positive feedback and we have received requests for more information around how to get involved in disability cricket as a result of it.
There is more media coverage to follow later in the week with ICC Cricket World, Sky Sports News and Test Match Special all expressing interest in giving the series some coverage. So, as I said, disability cricket is the winner here so far by a long way, and long may it continue.