Making my blog debut
You’re probably wondering why I’m writing this blog instead of being in India with England for the ICC Champions Trophy.
Well the reason is, I wasn't picked for the squad as I was recovering from a side strain.
But I'm in the Ashes squad and I've got some exclusive news...
I can reveal I've passed a fitness test on my injured side and I'm 100% fit and raring to go to Australia for what should be a mouth-watering series.
I was at Heathrow last week as the whole England squad assembled for a pre-winter get-together.
I enjoyed seeing everyone again but then it was a bit disappointing when I had to leave to fly back to Teesside as the Champions Trophy players were jetting off to the much warmer climes of India!
But I totally understand England’s reasoning that they don't want to rush me back too quickly from injury.
I'll be watching the Champions Trophy and I’m sure there will be a few text messages flying around between me and the players.
I feel the fittest and strongest I've ever been in my playing career - one good thing about getting injured is you appreciate that.
I've worked really hard on my fitness and it's paying off.
I did a stint of 22 days where I jogged seven miles every night to improve my strength and stamina.
I love swimming too - I can comfortably complete 100 lengths of a 25-metre pool.
Every Monday I drive down from my home near Middlesbrough to spend two days at the National Cricket Centre at Loughborough.
It's normally really busy on the motorway and it can take me three hours to get there but I pass the time by listening to R&B in the car.
For the last few weeks I’ve been there with fellow crocks Simon Jones, Ashley Giles and occasionally Michael Vaughan.
Gilo’s now fit and has headed to India and Simon is working incredibly hard on getting back to full fitness.
Now I’ve been joined by the Ashes players who aren’t at the Champions Trophy, namely Matthew Hoggard, Marcus Trescothick, Monty Panesar and Alastair Cook.
There is a great camaraderie among us and we tend to socialise on Monday evenings after a hard day’s work.
We do more exercises on Tuesdays - including spinning.
But before you wonder if I’m changing my bowling style from being a fast bowler, I’m most certainly not!
Spinning is a form of exercise using stationary exercise bikes and it gives me a really good cardio-vascular workout.
Every day I'm doing some sort of exercise whether it’s at Loughborough or back at Durham but I do get some leisure time too.
I’ve managed to go on two holidays with my girlfriend Lisa in the last couple of months, to Portugal and Cyprus.
I’ve been to see a couple of games of football too. I go and see Middlesbrough play because they are my hometown team. But I'm an Arsenal fan at heart and watch them whenever they are playing in the north-east.
Blame my dad for this because he supports Arsenal and it sort of rubbed off on me!
I’m also in the process of buying my own house – it is a new-build just outside Middlesbrough and is not quite ready yet so I’m still living with my parents Alan and Marie.
It will be the first home I’ve owned and I’m really excited about it. I want loads of boy-toys and gadgets. I don’t think Lisa would like that too much but I’m sure I’ll sneak a few in!
* Liam will be writing regularly on this blog, and reading your comments, as we countdown to the 2006 Ashes. The 21-year-old made his England debut against Pakistan in the third Test in Lahore in November 2005 and has played in six Tests and 16 one-day internationals.