October 30, 2012
After what was, and hopefully will ever be, the most traumatic season l have been a part of the last few weeks have given me time to reflect on the last 7 months. After the last game of the season, Gareth Batty said this was our time to grieve. Having gone straight back into cricket and thrust into a full on T20 campaign and the task of surviving in Division 1 of the championship the guys just had to get on with it. There were good days and bad but for the most part we were together.
At the end of the season everyone tends to go their separate ways and this has given everyone that break from cricket that they need but most importantly time to start the healing process.
As with most cricketers, the month of October is spent getting away from cricket and catching up with family and friends who you have failed to spend enough time with during the summer.
This October though, l went away to Tanzania on a cricket tour with the MCC. It was a fantastic experience and something l will remember for a long time. My favorite part of the trip was taking part in some coaching sessions with some of the local youngsters. Although the language barrier was a bit of an issue at times there were some really talented kids! The main issue for Tanzanian cricket now is to try and nurture this young talent into good cricketers, and the visit of the MCC was a major boost to cricket over there.
Even though October is yet to be over, l have already been up to Northampton a few times to get settled and get my bearings around the club. They have really impressed me with their professional and organised approach. I am up there for 2 days a week until Christmas and am really looking forward to meeting up with the rest of the guys on Monday.
It’s going to be a big winter for me and I’m excited about what lies ahead.