Read the latest installment from Nick Compton

Nick Compton has been busy putting pen to paper in between preparing for the first test against New Zealand in Dunedin which gets underway on Wednesday 6th March 2013. (Tuesday 5th March at 8pm GMT)

In his latest instalment, Nick looks back on the warm up match and the sites the team have been enjoying away from the pitch.

To read the latest instalment in his blog on this series, please see below. The full blog is available to read on Nick’s Website:  www.nickcompton.com

A TOUGH START

“Well yes not the best start to an international tour, losing our first game to a good competitive New Zealand XI, however it was good to get back into game mode having been out of it since my last test against India in December. Apart from Ian Bell and Matt Prior who both batted beautifully in the two innings, everyone was a little under par. Belly played as fluidly and elegantly as I’ve seen and Matt is always a joy to watch. I had a chat to him the other night about his batting and he said to me “There is only so much pressure one can absorb until you have to hit back. The harder they come, the harder you can go” which would probably explain why he’s become one of the best keeper batsmen in the world right now.

Aside from the cricket the Queenstown Cricket Ground was officially the most beautiful I’ve played on. Only Newlands in Cape Town can really compare for aesthetic beauty, towering mountains, surrounding both ends of the ground and helicopters and airplanes passing overhead, no wonder I didn’t see the ball very well! Jokes aside it has been a great place to visit and somewhere I would bring a family tomorrow.

I got a bit of flack for pulling out of the canyon swing, a large swing similar to a bungee jump except you swing instead of bounce at the end. Having talked up doing all the activities, my excuse of falling asleep and not waking up in time for the bus didn’t go down very well. Fair play though to the guys who’ve been showing their action videos. Cooky definitely takes the medal for action junky supremo… Even the helicopter rides have been a bit hair-raising. At one time we flew off a mountain, instead of just cruising back to the airport the pilot decided to do one of those moves most only see in an action film and nosed dived parallel to the 6000 foot cliff face. It took a few hours before my stomach, which I clearly left on the mountain-top returned to me. I must be honest two feet on the ground and I’m a much happier bunny.

A three hour bus journey to Dunedin where the serious business starts, glacial troughs, snow capped mountains and pasturelands made the time pass quickly. Its now two days of preparation and into the series we go, it should be a goodie!”

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