Player Diary: George Lavelle part three
Down Under Player Diary
George Lavelle, Lancashire wicket-keeper batsman, is spending his winter Down Under in Sydney as part of the International Cricket Programme Academy – an Elite training programme and club placement for professional cricketers seeking a season in Australia.
Find out what he's been up to in his final Player Diary of the winter...
I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! Mine was a bit different to usual with being Down Under!
There was a three week break from our programme over Christmas so I got the chance to do a bit of travelling up the East Coast. My parents and sister had flown over to meet me over Christmas and I met them up in the Gold Coast, where some of my family have emigrated to, so it was nice to catch up with everyone again.
Christmas Day was a bit surreal really. It doesn’t seem right hearing Christmas songs on the radio when it’s 30c outside! We ended up spending most of the day on the beach followed by the Aussie tradition of a ‘barbie’ for Christmas dinner.
We then headed further up the Queensland Coast to a town called Airlie Beach. From there we could get a boat trip out to the Whitsunday Islands which is probably the most stunning place I’ve ever been to. The photos that I’ve taken below really don’t do it justice, but that probably says more about my camera skills!
Cricket-wise, North Sydney have had a bit of a slow start since returning from the break, however we won our last match against a strong Northern Districts side and are hoping to mount a challenge to get as close to the finals spots as we can.
I have only got four weeks left here in Sydney, so I’ll spend the last few weeks taking in all of what the city has left to offer before flying back. I’m looking forward to heading out to Dubai with the Lancashire lads for our pre-season trip, before getting stuck into my first season with the senior squad. Hopefully I can hit the ground running when the season starts come April, in what promises to be an exciting season for everyone involved with Lancashire Cricket Club.
All the best and see you soon,