Something I will cherish forever
Posted in Disability Cricket
Being part of the England Physical Disabilities tour to Dubai has been an amazing experience.
The results have been disappointing but we've definitely raised the profile of disability cricket.
We want as many people to get involved as possible so our squad can get stronger. It's a great feeling to play for your country.
It will be hard to describe some of what's happened when I get back home today. I have stories about what we've done, but it will be hard to describe the feeling of being on an England tour.
Some of it has been what what I expected. It was more demanding than I thought it would be with the training and games. It's not been a holiday. It has been hard work and it's given me an insight into the life of an England cricketer on tour.
We met some of the England players last week when they joined in one of our training sessions. It was a real boost for us. I had a chat with Trotty, who was interested in disability cricket. All the players were.
We had a photo with the Pakistan team too. Saeed Ajmal seems a real character. He asked Gordon Laidlaw and me what we did. Gordon then asked Ajmal what he did. His reply: "I just field".
As I said before, the matches didn't go as we'd hoped. We were in every game but lacked the killer instinct in the Twenty20s.
The highlight was winning the second one-dayer. It is the best moment of my cricketing life. Winning a game for your country is the greatest feeling you can have, especially as it was a tight run-chase.
It's been a brilliant learning experience for us too. The main thing I will take home is how important the mental aspect of the game is. You can hammer your technique into the ground, but it's the pressure situations that count. You need to have the right mental attitude. You need to have a routine when you bat.
We had a great day on Monday. We were given a checklist of things to collect from around Dubai. We had to buy fruit, food, get photos with random people ... it was a brilliant way to see the place. It's a great country.
This has been something I will cherish for the rest of my life.