We’ve only gone and done it!
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We’ve been back almost two weeks now and it’s been a bit of a whirlwind to say the least.
Once we landed on the Tuesday morning we were a little worried as we waited in arrivals for the World Cup Trophy! We’d won it on the Sunday and were a bit stressed that we’d lost it on the Tuesday! But it arrived safely and immediately started its tour of the UK.
Claire Taylor, Clare Connor and I headed straight to BBC Television centre from the airport to do live TV and radio interviews before moving onto Lord’s for our World Cup reception and press conference.
There were over ten TV cameras waiting to do one-to-ones with me – more than you’d get for a men’s game so I’m told. It was so great to see that people had got behind us and that the coverage of the World Cup had been really positive.
It was nice to get home that afternoon but it was weird not to have everyone around me and because of that I felt quite flat.
But nevertheless it was a good opportunity to get some sleep because I hadn’t had any for the previous three weeks! It was nice to chill out for the evening because I knew that over the next few days I would need to fulfil various media commitments.
On Wednesday I had a late call-up to the Alan Titchmarsh show where I met Ronan Keating who is lovely! It’s good to be getting this kind of exposure on daytime TV. I had a couple of interviews with regional media later on in the day before another early night.
After the Titchmarsh show I was given the responsibility of looking after the World Cup. It was great to have it on show in my living room!
Thursday was another jam-packed media day with a quick trip to Setanta with Claire Taylor followed by our BBC The One Show debut with Christine and Adrian. We only had three minutes but it was great coverage and so definitely worth it.
I went back to my Mum’s on Friday with the Trophy in tow and saw all the family; cue more celebrations.
On Sunday I headed into the Sky Sports studios to chat through our win in the interval of the men’s ODI. Claire Taylor again joined me and we had our last few biscuits before we got back into serious training on Monday morning.
The last three weeks have been an unbelievable experience. The World Cup win was a real team effort and everyone has contributed to our success. It still hasn’t quite sunk in that we’re World Champions but I’m sure that once all the hype settles down I’ll start to believe it.
I’m really proud of all the team and management who have put in so much hard work over the past four years to help us all achieve our teams. We wouldn’t have got where we are without each other and we look forward to more trophies this summer and retaining the Ashes on home soil.
I must also mention how proud I am of Claire Taylor for being selected as a Wisden cricketer. She has worked so hard for so long on her game and she thoroughly deserves the accolade.
Again it’s great exposure for her and for the game as a whole and I really hope as a result she becomes a role model and more kids are encouraged to take up the sport.