World T20 build up hits fever pitch – literally!

Since the awards night I have been living the life of a professional cricketer. What does that entail? Not a hell of a lot except training!

My day would consist of either a gym/cardio session, then training in the afternoon. It was great having Midge here as we would travel before the men’s team and have full access to the nets and net bowlers. When we weren’t training, however, there wasn’t a lot to do. I had plenty of downtime, which was nice at the start, but after a while you just crave company.

I jumped at the chance when Ian Chappell invited me out for dinner. Midge had been struck down with the mystery illness that was sweeping its way across all the men’s teams and I didn’t want to eat alone.

It was a great night with plenty of old stories being told about the characters within the game and just how it was back then. Unfortunately, I took a turn for the worse and soon after dinner I started to feel a little sick. I got up to go to the bathroom but didn’t make it very far before I fainted.

Thankfully, we were at the Cricketers Club and the owners were Australian. Gabby was a gem as I was hoisted up onto a chair by the staff with her shouting out things that I needed brought to me. For the next 10 minutes, or at least that is what it felt like, she held my head as I was still feeling like I was going to pass out. The other strange thing was that I was sweating it up. It was like I was doing another session in the heat!

Once my colour had come back, I excused myself from dinner. The next few hours were spent either waking up in a sweat or freezing, meaning I had a very restless night, but by morning I felt ok and was able to have some toast.

That day Midge and I moved to the team hotel, the Galadari, where we also stayed during the training camp. It was great to see the rest of the Southern Stars, plus it also meant when I was bored I could easily find someone to talk to!

Now that the team had arrived we had full police escort everywhere we travelled. Even when we went for dinner there was a big group of police to follow us. The funniest thing was when we went for a walk as a team along the beach to the Galle Face Hotel, we still had two police cars and an ambulance following at the same pace and holding up traffic!

As I write this, it is the morning of our first match against India. It has felt like a long time coming, maybe because we have already been here and feel like we have been preparing for a long time. Everyone is keen and ready.

We did play a practice match against West Indies which certainly wasn’t all the one way and as I have mentioned before, they are definite contenders for the trophy. They have already managed to beat NZ in their first match.

Even though we won the match, the coaches thought that we would play a super over and I was the lucky bowler. I managed to bowl all my deliveries to Dottin ( the biggest hitter of the ball in the women’s game) and when my first delivery went for 6, I knew that this was going to be a massive challenge. In the end I went for 18. Shelley (Nitschke) still holds the record with 19 from her Super Over, but it was a great way to ensure that I never bowl one again hehehe….

The only other news is that ICC, with Reliance, decided to bring in the rankings for women T20 players and I seemed to fall on the right side, being ranked as the number one allrounder and bowler. It is a great initiative and again allows females players to be showing casing their skills on the International stage. Also, it is great to see so many Aussies up there with 4 of our bowlers ranked within the top 10.

Anyway, I should get ready for our first match. Hopefully my next blog will be full of wins!!

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