December 6, 2012
So as the snow begins to fall around me whilst I’m getting stuck into my advent calendar, it’s starting to feel very Christmassy! Its not far away from the fun filled day where everyone eats and drinks themselves into oblivion, and l know I’m looking forward to it! As the days get colder it gets even harder to get out of bed for another gym session. This is one of the main reasons l have organized to go away to Australia for 8 weeks to play club cricket in the new year. It’s great to be able to train and play competitive cricket in the build up to a domestic season in England.
Somewhere that must seem a long way away from the cold of England at the moment is India. After a memorable win in the second test it is all to play for in the rest of the series. Having been out to India 3 times, l know from experience how alien the conditions are compared to those here. All of these guys have a lot of experience in Indian conditions, but the way they bounced back after the first test was fantastic to watch.
The man who completely changed the complexion of the second test was KP. His innings was incredible, especially given the way he looked like a cat on a hot tin roof in the previous match. He completely dominated the Indian attack and made a raging turner, look like a flat belter! It showed how important he is to England, he is a game changer, a match winner. Alistair Cooks feats of concentration, fitness and skill should not be taken away from, as he has been mighty impressive in the first two Tests, but KP can take the game away from the opposition.
This week has also seen the end of the incredible career of Ricky Ponting. He has been playing Test cricket for as long as l have been watching it. As well as being a fantastic batsman he was a great captain and led Australia to break records all over the place. As an Englishman I’m happy he won’t be lining up against us in the Ashes next year!