Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

My inclusion in both the one-day and Twenty20 squad is a great opportunity: Boyd Rankin

Time to think: England captain Alistair Cook and Michael Carberry take a break
Time to think: England captain Alistair Cook and Michael Carberry take a break

I might not have been involved in the first two Tests, but I received the good news on Tuesday that I will be staying in Australia after the series, to be part of the one-day international and Twenty20 squads.

With Jimmy Anderson and Chris Tremlett getting a rest, hopefully I'll have a good chance to play in those games in the six week period in the New Year.

It will mean even more travelling across this huge country but that will be nothing new. We constantly seem to be on a plane, travelling from one hotel to the next. It's incredible to think we have been here for seven weeks. It doesn't seem like it and now I've another eight weeks to go. But, it's a great country to travel round and time is going quite quickly and I'm really enjoying it.

In case you were wondering, it's not all business class.

Yes, we flew business here to Perth because it was such a long flight but we are in economy for the short-haul ones, up to two hours. But being so tall, I have to get an exit seat all the time. I would really struggle in a normal seat but I have been looked after really well and, indeed, all the big lads have got extra legroom seats.

I didn't see much of Adelaide because the hotel was only a five-minute walk from the ground, across the river, but we went out for dinner most nights. Nothing too adventurous, though, it was actually Nandos – the easy way out – although Chris Tremlett and Michael Carberry enjoy Nandos so I tagged along with them.

Most of the lads were supposed to go on a wine-tasting tour just outside Adelaide but our flight was delayed and, unfortunately, we didn't make it. I wouldn't be a massive wine drinker but it would have been a good opportunity to experience something different and see what it was all about.

The families, wives and girlfriends have arrived in Perth so there won't be as much hanging around with each other for the next few weeks. My mum, brothers and sister come out direct to Sydney on December 27 and stay to January 9, so they're here for the last Test and it will be nice to see them.

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