England aiming to clean up
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Turning up to our first ODI we were all excited and ready to get the series underway. This match was Charlotte Edwards' 150th one-day appearance for England - I can't imagine playing that many games.
We all found it slightly strange that South Africa chose to bat when they won the toss as the wicket was as flat as the M1; I think they may have had the same thought when we scored 298.
It was great to see Lydia and Arran both pick up centuries in their unbeaten innings and amusing to see the difference in their celebration styles. Lydia didn't quite know how to celebrate and just quickly raised her bat. In comparison Arran showed Lydia how to do it as she jumped up, threw both arms in the air and celebrated in style!
Between games there wasn't much time for celebration but we have been enjoying the steaks and becoming regulars at Beef Boys. I got some stick at the team meal though when I opted for seafood paella, as the captain was off fish following a bad experience at the start of the tour. I knew I'd be fine with my iron stomach; I think I get it from my Russian grandma who eats all kinds of weird stuff.
We were back playing two days later in the even hotter temperature of 37 degrees and were once again surprised to be put in to bat. It was Lottie this time who hit a century (her fifth) and topped the celebration stakes, but I guess she has had the most practice. This game also saw Heather pick up her first international wicket, nice work for a batter!
It was a good feeling to wrap the series up in the second game but even better to go on and claim a 3-0 victory two days later. Heather continued to transform into an all-rounder, taking wickets and knocking off the runs in the final game, and Georgia Elwiss picked up her first international wicket.
Our schedule is as packed as ever so there isn't much time to venture out of the sports village, but, to be fair, some of the girls did go to a game reserve one afternoon in a bid to see some animals. I decided against it as when I was out here in 2005 Lydia and I went on a safari and didn't see anything, all we were told was that elephants must be near as we kept seeing elephant poo!
Having been here for over a week now, the jokers in the team have felt the need to keep life interesting with some players finding their rooms rearranged when they return from training. I'm pleased I'm on the second floor with the management and the jokers seem to be kept at bay downstairs.
We've also had fun with laundry over the last few days, but not through any intervention by the jokers. It all started so well but I think we must have overloaded the laundry service as things have gone missing. It's not ideal having to ask the opposition if they have any of your kit.
We're all really pleased with our performance in the one-day series, but things move so fast on tour and we have had to put that success behind us as we look forward to getting the Twenty20s underway on Thursday.
We'll be pushing for another clean sweep and hoping to post some high scores along the way. Well I will, as long as I get my laundry back in time.