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Alex Blackwell

Bowlers blitz India

21 March 2012 1

Having whitewashed the ODI series, the team is in good spirits and looking forward to getting into the five-match T20 series.

A highlight of the ODIs has been the combined bowling effort across the three matches, in particular the dominance of our opening partnership of Julie Hunter and Ellyse Perry.

The disciplined line and length of Jules, combined with the intimidating pace of Pez, has troubled India early.

The spinners  have been able to break partnerships regularly through the middle overs and are enjoying a little extra turn, while getting good bounce so far on these wickets.

Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron have stood up with the bat during the last two ODIs posting impressive scores of 128 and 90* respectively. 

Culture shock

Being my third tour to India I had a fair idea of what to expect, although it's always hard to see the poverty so many people live in here.

When I walk through the markets I find it very hard to say no when beggars ask for money, but if you give money you will be swamped by others asking for more. I think I must look like a bit of a sucker, because I regularly have a beggar or a boy selling drums following me during my strolls through the markets.

We stayed at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai which was absolutely brilliant. I even treated myself to a whole body massage at the day spa.

From our hotel rooms we had a great view of the Gates of India, one of the famous landmarks in Mumbai, built to commemorate the arrival of the British King and Queen.

A few of us visited Leopolds Cafe, a common hang out for western tourists, which became famous after it was written about in the book Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

Both the Taj and Leopolds where hit in the 2008 terrorist attacks and bullet holes in the walls of Leopolds are a sombre reminder of what happened there.

Bollywood babes

The highlight of our Mumbai stay by far was our private Bollywood dance lesson! The girls really got into it, Midge (Alyssa Healy) and I even bought some genie pants for the occasion! Although we were pretty awful at it we had a great laugh! You can watch our performance here.

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars pride ourselves on celebrating on tour birthdays in style.

For Julie Hunter's birthday, we had a dress up theme ‘colours of the Indian flag’. Midge, Pez and I came in traditional dress, one in each of the colours to make a three-person outfit.

Considering some of the other outfits I'm surprised they didn't kick us out of the restaurant!

Next stop is Vizag, which is quite beautiful; one of the few places in India where the mountains meet the ocean. 

On field, another clean sweep would be ideal and something we're aiming for.

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