Craig's Ashes Diary: Part Six

Craig Overton has been keeping us up to date with what has been happening in Australia this winter with his Ashes Diary.

Here is the latest installment:

“Well, Christmas in Australia is an experience that I’ll never forget but it certainly wasn’t what I’m used to. Christmas is usually all about being around family members with the fire on and celebrating. My mum and dad had gone home after Perth so I was out here on my own. On Christmas Day we had a light training session then had a Christmas lunch with the whole squad and some of their families which was good fun.

“This week didn’t really go to plan for the whole squad really. Firstly I had to sit out the Boxing Day Test Match due to my cracked rib which was slightly frustrating because this is one of the games every cricketer dreams of playing in. I knew once it was confirmed that I had a cracked rib mid-way through the Perth Test match I was very unlikely to play at the MCG. However, to see it in person and be there on Boxing Day watching the boys play in front of 90,000 people was incredible.

“The atmosphere was electric and nothing like I’ve ever seen before!”

“The boys did a superb job on all five days and showed the character that we have in this side. We came out fighting and showed what we can do. It’s just a shame the pitch was very flat and offered nothing to either seam or spin. Even though the pitch was flat, it was so slow that even scoring runs was tough. That meant it was very attritional cricket.

“The week for me personally went as well as I could have hoped, considering the circumstances. I’ve done a few gym sessions and a couple of running sessions without any pain and I started bowling yesterday off half a run. The hope is  that I’ll be available for selection in Sydney but that may still come a fraction too soon. One thing for certain is that I’ll be giving it everything to be in contention to play. 

“I hope everyone enjoys their New Years celebrations and that as a Club we have a very prosperous 2018. Hopefully winning the holy grail of the Specsavers County Championship!”

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