Southern Star Kristen Beams is writing exclusively for the ACA on her amazing experience at the Women’s World T20 throughout the tournament
Having beaten the Windies in both our warm up game and practice super over, we have clocked up some quality training hours during our acclimatisation week in Chennai. India tests your ability to adapt and a good amount of patience is required daily. I really love it here, the cultural differences are everywhere and at times you just simply have to laugh. Like the morning when our skipper asked for an omelette with onion and tomato; it seemed a simple request but the waiter look a bit confused which explained why, after a small delay, brought back a small bowl with chopped onion and tomato. Close but no cigar!
Our tournament officially started here in Nagpur with a win against the South Africans in the Stars' first game. We expected a tough battle given that four of their players had great success in the inaugural WBBL this season. Getting to know so many players from rival nations was another great thing about the WBBL this year. Having known them as fierce competitors on the field for their country, now gave us a chance to get to know them as fantastic people and establish a number of new friendships.
Our first match of the World T20 was definitely one to remember from a personal perspective, because it was an incredibly gutsy win and also my first ever World Cup appearance. No one was more gutsy than our skipper, who battled illness prior to, and during the game but still managed to put on a match-winning partnership with Alex. Whilst South Africa tested us, we believed we could win from any position. It's a strong culture that is something we have all come to know and love of all Australian teams.
One of the great things about cricket is playing with your mates. It was great to be back playing alongside my good mate Junior (Elyse Villani). 2015/16 has been the first season we haven't played domestic cricket together as she moved to Perth to play for both WA and the Perth Scorchers. Selfishly, I didn't want her to go but it was the right decision for her. I'm so excited we now get the opportunity to play for our country together in a World Cup.
Junior has made the most of her move to Perth, completing a barista course, taking on a club captaincy role for the first time and becoming the owner of a little dog called Nessa. I've seen more than a few photos of Nessa, which makes me think that she should look into starting her own dog walking business. Junior is a tour veteran and despite my age I've got a lot to learn when it comes to touring, particularly in the sub-continent. Before we left she educated me on the things I should pack; vegemite, protein bars, tiny teddies, long life milk, milo etc. Also, some less common items such as dry shampoo. I'm not going to lie, dry shampoo has been a revelation! You basically spray it on your hair and it makes your hair look a little less awful than it did before. A necessity in India!
Our next game is against the White Ferns here in Nagpur and I'll be playing against another Melbourne Stars team mate in Morna Neilson.
Come on Aussies!!!