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Meg Lanning

An education in India

16 March 2012

Arriving in Ahmedabad the team was exhausted from the long flight and keen to head to bed and catch up on some much needed sleep.

Embracing the culture

Arriving in Ahmedabad the team was exhausted from the long flight and keen to head to bed and catch up on some much needed sleep.

 The next day was the beginning of the cricket part of the tour, which we were all looking forward to.

Our first training session was about adapting and getting used to the conditions that were very different to Australia, low and slow wickets made for interesting batting practise.

The next day we travelled out in tuk tuks to the Ashram, which is the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi, a man who is a hero to many.

This was a great history lesson for all of us and allowed us to experience some of the important events that have occurred in this country, something that I found very interesting.

The tuk tuk ride to the ashram was another experience all together, dodging and weaving our way through the traffic with the odd beep of the horn was an interesting but very fun experience and something you must do if you ever head to India.

Keeping with the culture in India the staff decided we would join in the Holi festival, otherwise known as the festival of colours.

After completing training we were sent out to the nets to help search for our Team Manager’s lost wedding ring, or so we thought!

As we turned the corner to the nets we were ambushed by several staff members with paint and water, they had done it very well.

Alex Blackwell bore the brunt of the attack with a bag of paint straight to the stomach but we were all were in the firing line and it was a great light-hearted moment for the tour.

Time to take the field

After training for two days, it was time to start playing some matches.

We began with a tour match against the Board President XI, which was important for our preparation ahead of the series against India. We had a good hit out during the Tour Match and posted a five-wicket win.

Our first ODI match on Monday was very exciting and we were looking to start the series off with a win.

Batting first we were able to post a very competitive score of 228 thanks to some late hitting by our captain Jodie Fields.

Our bowlers all worked well together and bowled well to ensure we restricted India to 188 and record our first win of the series.

Heating up in Mumbai

Our next stop was Mumbai and the first thing that hits you is the heat, a different and much more humid heat to our first stop Ahmedabad.

With no time for training before our second match we headed to the stadium well rested and looking forward to getting out there again. India sent us in and on a pitch that had a bit in it for the bowlers we got off to a steady start.

Alex Blackwell and myself we able to build a big partnership and then Jess Cameron came in at the end to allow us to reach 300, which we were pleased with.  Ellyse Perry then stepped up with the ball and clamed five wickets to help bowl India out for 79, it was a great win to be a part of and a fantastic way to win the 50-over series.

We now look forward to the third and final ODI on Friday before we head to Vizag for the T20 series.

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