Six wickets but it feels surreal
Posted in England in Australia 2010-11
Taking 6-45 in the Brisbane one-dayer was the best moment I have had on a cricket field. Making my Twenty20 debut was a massive moment but stepping onto the field for England against Australia and taking six wickets - it can't get much better than that.
Just like I did in Sydney, I took a wicket in my first over which settled a few nerves. It was Shane Watson too. He's probably one of the best players in the world at the moment. It wasn't a great ball but luckily he hit it straight to a fielder.
That calmed me down and from then on it was business as usual. It allowed me to think of it as just another cricket match.
My next wicket was Cameron White - that delivery was easily the best of the six. It was a genuinely good ball which just nipped away and took the edge. I was pleased with that as he is a class player who can hurt you, so it was an important wicket. It was just as he and Michael Clarke were building a partnership.
I then got Clarke out. He was just starting to get going. I saw him come down the track at me so I bowled it a bit shorter and he misjudged it and hit it straight up. I'll take that any day.
When I took that wicket I wasn't thinking about whether I could get any more. I thought that if I could keep it tight and finish with something like 3-40 I'd be over the moon, but the wickets just kept coming.
David Hussey dragged one on, John Hastings hit a slower ball to Colly on the midwicket boundary, then Brett Lee hit it straight to third man. I realised it was my day when that happened. Whenever the ball went in the air it seemed to go to one of the fielders.
I haven't ever taken five wickets in a one-day game so to take six for England was a very proud moment.
I was told after the game it was the second best one-day figures by an English bowler. That's a great achievement. Colly has the record and he was giving me some stick in the dressing room about that.
Unfortunately taking all those wickets was tempered by us losing the match and the series.
We were confident of chasing 250 but losing three wickets in the first ten overs nailed us. KP and Belly started to rebuild but unfortunately we lost KP and wickets kept on falling. We never really got a match-winning partnership going. We didn't bat to the standard we'd expect and that's been our downfall this series.
In general I think we have bowled well this series but we haven't got both parts of our game together apart from in Adelaide. When we bat well we haven't bowled well and vice-versa.
I know we have lost the series but we aren't here to make up the numbers. If we can leave with a 4-3 scoreline then it looks a lot better than 6-1. Plus there is the chance to build some momentum ahead of the World Cup.
Even if results haven't gone our way, I have loved being involved in the one-day part of the tour. It's been brilliant. Playing for England is something I dreamt about about since I was a young lad.
It hasn't really sunk in that I have played for England. The lads have been so welcoming. It's been surreal. It probably won't actually hit me until I get home. My mum and dad have been Sky-plussing a few games so I'm sure I will watch some of it when I get back.
I hope yesterday was just a stepping stone and that there is a long way to go. There are still two games left on this tour and hopefully I will play a part.