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Ebony Rainford-Brent Ebony Rainford-Brent | 19:23 UK time, Saturday, 20 February 2010

How great it is to be back in India. The warm weather is a far cry from the recent snow at home and cricket is absolutely everywhere. From the adverts to the endless cricket channels on TV, it is great to be here with the many great cricketers in and around the stadium.

In particular Michael Vaughan, who was here working with the England Under-18's boys. He was kind enough to give us a team talk before our warm-up match which inspired me greatly. It was interesting to hear a fantastic England captain talking about taking responsibility, looking at yourself in the mirror and the challenges of trying to get to and stay on the top. A challenge which we are fully aware of and at the same time excited about.

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Ebony Rainford-Brent will be part of England's tour including five ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals

So, after our inspiring talk before our warm-up match it was nice to get off to a good start, beating a Board President's XI comfortably, by over 100 runs. Our top order scored well, with Squirt (Sarah Taylor) and Lydia (Greenway) both cashing in with healthy half centuries, to get us a total of 273. For me personally it was not the greatest start, getting out by missing a straight one for one run, but to be positive I told myself it's always best to get them out of the way early.

On the morning of our first one-day international I was excited - it's always a great feeling to represent your country. I was given the number three spot of the legendary Claire Taylor, where I rarely bat at, so I was looking forward to the challenge.

I was also excited about facing Jhulan Goswami as I have admired her for many years and was looking forward to seeing how I faced up to her. We bowled first and Nunny (Katherine Brunt) and Anyanka (Anya Shrubsole) got us of to a great start bowling tight and throwing in a few aggressive bouncers. We performed well in the field restricting the Indians to 199, which we would be happy with on most days.

In our batting innings we got off to a slow start and lost Sarah Taylor early, meaning I was in against Goswami. She is one of the best female bowlers I have ever faced, bowling tight lines on off.

After we saw her off I was away. We needed to get on with it and managed to up the rate by hitting 16 off one over. I was gutted to get out to a low full toss lbw in the 60s, as I really needed to have stayed in and finished the job. This became more evident as we lost our last six wickets for 19 runs and fell short by 35 runs.

Although a poor batting performance, we are aware we are a quality squad and still have an opportunity to come back and win the series. Personally, it is always nice to make a few runs at number three and if I get more chances to bat, I will see if I can stick at it to take the game I guess it's watch this space!


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