Narrow loss a test of character

I sit here and try to explain how it feels to lose a Test match by one wicket, I don’t know if I can.

It honestly feels like you are sick in the stomach and really can’t believe what just happened.

I don’t think any of us said a word in the change room for about half an hour.

From a personal point of view, I was absolutely gutted not to bowl well on the fifth morning.

I started well, took the one wicket, and then for some reason, my rhythm disappeared and I couldn’t get the ball to land where I wanted it.

That cost me the chance to bowl after lunch, which was a very hard pill to swallow, but to be honest I completely understand why the skipper couldn’t risk me after I leaked runs early doors.

On the other end of the scale I am picked to do a job and my job is to win games for my country, I can only learn from this and be a better spinner.

I have no doubt that this experience will hold me in good stead moving forward.

I guess one thing that is disappointing is how quickly the media turn on you as sportsmen.

Fair enough I didn’t bowl well for a couple of overs, but to ask questions about whether I am the right man for the Ashes?

I can assure you that I am more than ready for the Ashes and the next Test against India.

As I said, I have to learn and execute better in the next one.

As always, the sun comes up! The next Test is going to be a massive test for us, not for the fact that we have to win to draw the series but also physically.

We only have three days prep for this Test and these types of games can be extremely draining.

Most of our time off is spent resting, rehab, physio and some Call of Duty on Sony Playstation.

As always Ben Hilfenhaus dominates. He spends way too much time on it!

Anyway till next time.

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