Craig Overton's Ashes Diary: Part One

Craig Overton is currently in Australia preparing for the Ashes with England.

Whilst Down-Under he will be keeping us up to date with what’s happening in his Ashes Diary. Here is part one:

“Well, where do I begin?

“The tour started with a Dinner at lords for the PCA with all of England’s Main Partners where all the players where introduced to the crowd. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so nervous to be announced to a crowd!

“We then travelled to the Sofitel Hotel at Terminal 5 ready for our flight at 9 o’clock the next morning. I didn’t sleep too well that night. I think excitement got in the way of that!

“The two flights to Australia were pretty smooth and I managed to get a fair bit of sleep which was good. Upon arriving in Perth we had to clear customs which took a while with all the bags we have. Once we had collected our bags we made our way out of the terminal to be confronted by a dozen or so camera crews which was a slightly weird experience!

“We arrived in Perth by mid afternoon so we had the rest of the day off until a team meal in the evening where we all got together.”

“The following day was another rest day, trying to acclimatise to the time difference (8 hours), so most of the boys decided to play golf at The Vines golf resort. It was good fun to get out of the hotel and it kept me awake for most of the day.

“On Tuesday 31st we had a light training session to get running around and it was the first opportunity to play some football. I was a team captain and fortunately ended up on the winning side. There are plenty of good footballers in the side so I just sit at the back and defend.

“The two following days were slightly tougher with a long net session and a middle practice. It was good to get used to the conditions out in Perth. We then had a light day prior to out first warm up game of the tour against a Western Australia XI.

“That was a good run out for us and we got most of the match rust out of us. I felt I bowled well in the game. I just probably bowled how I would in England, looking for it to swing. Unfortunately it didn’t so I needed to adjust quicker than I did if I’m honest.

“After a good two days we then flew to Adelaide for another warm up game, this time against a Cricket Australia XI. Adelaide is a beautiful city, very quiet though. The match was a day night game and was vital practice ahead of the day/night second Test we are going to be playing in a few weeks.

“The match didn’t go to plan with the bat but went really well with the ball so I’m pretty happy but there are still a few things to work on next week when we get to Townsville.”


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