Watching the rain in Guyana
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It's been a really frustrating week since we arrived in Guyana. It hasn't stopped raining and as a result we drew our match here despite bowling Guyana out for 78 in the first innings.
It seems a little unfair to have taken just six points from a match I'm confident we would have won. Having said that, it is three more points than we expected as the rain poured down on the fourth day.
Looking out of my hotel window that morning I was sure we wouldn't get onto the field. So to get out for 13 deliveries and go past their score was a bonus. It means we are three points off Jamaica, who are top.
Woakesy's hat-trick was the highlight of the game. Unfortunately I missed all of it. I was walking around the ground with our strength and conditioning coach Mark Spivey to do some fitness work. By the time we got to the other side of the ground Woakesy had taken three wickets.
We have a rotation system so it was my turn to miss out. Hopefully I will be back in for the last two games against Windward Islands and Jamaica.
I have been pleased with how I have batted so far. I have scored 421 runs in four matches and average just over 84.
I was pretty chuffed with my 186 against Barbados. They scored 471 in 144 overs, which meant our only chance of any result was to overtake their score and get a first innings win. I was pleased that my innings helped us over the line and get the three extra bonus points.
I batted for 10 hours in that innings. That was after being in the field for a day and a half too. I wasn't actually that tired afterwards so it is good to know the fitness work I did on the England Performance Programme in Australia before Christmas is paying off.
It hasn't been easy scoring runs out here. The ball gets soft really quickly and the outfields are pretty big. You don't get much value for your shots. It's as much a mental test as anything. You need to occupy the crease for as long as possible.
Running between the wickets is really important as boundaries are hard to come by.
Trinidad was the toughest conditions to bat in. The humidity was ridiculous. Still, I'd rather be batting in the heat than in the cold back in England.
Working with Thorpey, our batting coach, has been awesome. I spent some time with him in the UAE last year on another Lions tour, but this is the first time I have spent a consistent amount of time with him.
He has so much experience which all the lads are tapping into. He played lots of Test matches in the West Indies so he knows how to bat out here. I have also chatted to him about what I can expect if I make the step up and play for England.
He wants us to keep things simple as batsman. Don't over complicate things, get yourself into a good base position, get your trigger movements done before the ball is delivered and stay as still as possible.
It has been nice to have another Leicestershire lad out here - Nathan Buck.
He is bowling well. He looks fit and strong after his winter at Loughborough. He hasn't had much assistance out here with the wickets, so it'll be good seeing him bowling in English conditions once the season starts.