AFTER REPRESENTING the England Performance Programme in Australia recently and ahead of the Three Lions' forthcoming ODI series Down Under, Lancashire's batsman-wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has signed up to play for the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC T20 Big Bash.
During his stay at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, he will be keeping us all up-to-date with his and the Renegades’ progress in the Big Bash.
In his first blog, Jos talks about training with his new team-mates and how he has got on in the warm-up matches.
I have had a really good initial few days with the Renegades. We spent the weekend in Ballarat, which is a town about an hour and half from Melbourne.
Last Saturday we had a few team meetings and then a couple of practice games against the Darren Lehmann Academy the following day.
It was great to have a hit against the white ball again and I managed to score 41 off 31 balls in the first game and then 24 off 12 in the next one.
However, as a team you could tell it was our first run out and we didn't quite hit our straps and lost both games.
This week we have had some good training sessions which served us well as we beat the Darren Lehmann Academy. As a group, we played much better and I managed to score 38 not out off 24 balls.
I am feeling in a good place going into our first game against the Melbourne Stars on Friday night at the MCG.
This match promises to be a great occasion and I am very excited to be a part of it. It is my first time in Melbourne and I am really enjoying the city.
I hope all is well back at Emirates Old Trafford.
You can keep up to date with Jos’ progress by visiting the Melbourne Renegades website.