More runs and Movember
Posted in England team blog
My first Test tour is going really well. Not only did I manage my first hundred in an England shirt but I am also sporting a wonderful ginger moustache.
But let me start with the cricket, which has gone to plan.
We began the tour with a training camp in Dubai which was excellent. There was a focus on fitness which helped get the boys back into the swing of playing Test cricket.
For the batsmen it was a chance to bat for long periods in the nets and the bowlers to settle into long spells. It was just what we needed after the World Twenty20.
We then flew out to India. I don't think there have been many upset stomachs so far and the boys seem in really good spirits. There is a great harmony in the camp.
I've been to India before but it's always good to experience a different culture and see the way other people live. It makes you a more rounded person.
Sometimes it's easy just to go from the cricket ground back to the hotel but it's important to get out when you can. It's great meeting the locals too. They have been really welcoming towards us.
The tour games have gone to script so far. We've been pleased with our performances, especially the length of time we have batted. We have applied ourselves with the ball really well too.
I was really pleased to score a hundred in the second game against Mumbai A. I was happy with the way I struck the ball and it was a good chance to get out in the middle and play a long innings after the World Twenty20.
Morgy [Eoin Morgan] and I put on a big partnership which was key to us getting a good total. I was disappointed to get out towards the end of the day though.
I was pleased to get some runs under my belt but there is a lot of room for improvement in my technique. My game is a work in progress. I will keep working hard as I need to be a consistent scorer in matches.
It's been good that all of the batsmen have scored runs as we look ahead to the first Test.
You might have seen a few pictures of my ginger tash - I'm hoping that keeps a few people amused back at home.
The reason for it is to support Movember which raises awareness for men's health, particularly prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
Graham Onions is doing it too, as is Mark Saxby, our soft tissue therapist, and Sam Dickason, our security officer.
There is no doubt I have the best tash - it's ginger with handlebars. Onions will end up with the thickest tash while Sam’s will be the most horrendous. Sax is rolling back the years with his tash. He just needs a hippy outfit now.
Movember is a fantastic thing for us to support and we are trying to raise as much money as possible. Please help us by making a donation and in the meantime I’ll keep growing my tash.