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Imogen Gaunt

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Travelling to the other side of the world is incredible. To leave Heathrow on a Thursday evening and then arrive in Sydney less than 24 hours later is just fantastic.

What is not so great, however, is feeling slightly disorientated and trying desperately to stay awake that day before eventually giving in to the waves of exhaustion and waking up to find you’ve almost missed your first team dinner since last September.

This is how I found myself on our first day in Australia as we set about preparing for the greatest test of the women’s cricketing career – the ICC Women’s World Cup.

It is the first time the tournament has come under the auspices of the ICC so everyone is looking forward to a smoothly-run and professional competition. It all kicks off on March 7 and we’ve got three warm-up games to play before then against New South Wales, Australia and the West Indies.

Following my schoolgirl error of giving in to the afternoon nap and then getting an early night in on top of that - 9.15pm - I found myself wide awake at 3am this morning. I was still awake at 4am and at 5am and was then happily dropping off when the alarm clock in my room went off. The previous occupant had obviously needed an early wake up call at 5.25am.

Giving up on getting any additional sleep I ventured into the lounge and set about responding to the various emails that had come in during our mammoth journey across the world.

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Happy memories - last year's Ashes winning squad pose outside the Sydney Opera House

One of them was to our team manager Megan, who was also wide awake at that ungodly hour and so we decided to go for an early morning jog along with Gemma, our team analyst.

We headed first of all down to Darling Harbour and then onto Circular Quay where we were greeted with the site of the Harbour Bridge and then the Sydney Opera House. It’s only been a year since we were last here, standing on the steps posing for photos with the Ashes, but it is still so breathtaking.

Needless to say we had a little rest as we took it all in and made plans to come back on an afternoon off.

After a management meeting where we made concrete plans for the next few days we headed out to Surry Hills for brunch and a wander before the lure of more emails and blog writing brought me back to my laptop for a few hours.

This evening I shall catch up with Charlotte as she conducts a few live interviews – one of which is into Sportsweek on BBC Radio 5Live with Garry Richardson - and writes her first exclusive blog for the ECB website.

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