More discipline, more aggression, more fabulous
Our first game against Sri Lanka saw a comfortable win with a 100-run margin. We posted 277-5 and managed to restrict Sri Lanka to 177-7. The highlights were the batters who put in some good performances with Tails (Claire Taylor) cashing in with her first century of the tournament, her third consecutive one against this opposition at a World Cup, and Caroline Atkins with a nice opening 50.
Although we won there were many areas as a team where we felt we needed to be more disciplined, including being more aggressive batting in the last 10 overs and tightening up on the fielding.
For the four of us who didn't play it was the hard core post-match fitness session with our strength and conditioning coach Ian Crump. These sessions involve sprint work to keep our fitness levels up and core stability work focussed on keeping areas such as our backs and shoulders ticking.
Recovery after the games included ice baths and work in the swimming pool to ease muscles and lactic acid.
To make the most of the last afternoon off, the team decided to give our youngest member a mini makeover, and put in a collection to get some nice highlights and a sexy-looking cut. So myself and Anyanka (Anya) Shrubsole spent the afternoon together in the hairdressers for a fresh and fabulous look.
After this point the schedule has become play... train... play ...train, with no days off. Our focus has become recovery, picking up extra hours of sleep where possible and relaxing.
Sue our physio is also making sure we stay hydrated by giving us random urine tests and weighing us in and out of games and training to see how much fluid we have lost.
Our next game was against India, our biggest match in the group. We were going to be tested by a good team and we needed to look good for the TV!
We played at North Sydney Oval and the Indians batted first on a good track. They looked good and despite a flamboyant burst from Amita Sharma at the end of the innings, we kept them under 200, getting them all out for 169. We managed to knock them off comfortably with Tails and Shaggy (Caroline Atkins) each finishing on 69 not out.
The last game in our group was another televised match against Pakistan, and it was my first World Cup game. Surprisingly, although I was excited, I felt calm which I was happy about. I knew I would be opening the batting which I enjoy and my goal was to spend as much time as possible at the crease as there may not be many opportunities. I therefore needed to make the most of it.
We lost the toss and they elected to bat on what looked like another road. They got off to a good start putting away anything short, and using their wrists well.
However the spin twins Holly Colvin and Laura Marsh turned things around doing the business with Laura bowling amazingly well on a flat track and picking up some amazing figures of 5-15 off her 10 overs. We restricted them to 78, after they had been 51-1.
So it was a 10-minute changeover and I was out there. I really enjoyed the experience, the pitch played nicely and I was seeing the ball well, which allowed me to play some nice shots.
I was out for 18 trying to take on an off-spinner to get them to put the field back. Lottie (Charlotte Edwards) and Lydia (Greenway) finished the job off clinically in the 23rd over for two wickets down which has now left us top of our group.