New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2009 August 12, 2009

Sweating it out in Sri Lanka

And here is the first update from Sri Lanka ..
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And here is the first update from Sri Lanka ... Oh, and for the record, it’s hot. Honest! Sweating is probably the easiest thing to do here.

We all arrived here a week ago yesterday. So eight days here to acclimatise, train and play some warm-up games. We had three days before the first warm-up match to try, as much as possible, to get used to the heat and humidity. We all struggled to a certain extent with overheating, some more than others. Guppy [Martin Guptill], at the first training, was the first one to feel the effects, his fair skin and ginger hair not helping, I’m sure. It wasn’t anything serious but he did have to stop training and get the ice bags on to cool down. It was my turn yesterday to have a few issues during training.

The combination of the heat and humidity is so hard to combat. Getting enough water on board is hard. It often feels like you are sweating as quick, if not quicker, than you can drink the water. It is so important to keep a water bottle nearby.

Our first warm-up match, at the Colombo Colts ground, pretty much went to plan. I wasn’t to play; I had this game off, mainly because my bowling loads have been good while at Leicestershire. We lost the toss and were asked to bowl first; not the worst thing as the pitch felt a little tacky. We bowled well and knocked them over for 159. Tuffey, in his first match back in the NZ shirt, picked up three and it was good to see him bowling quick picking up wickets. Our boys in reply racked up 493 with some real good looking innings in hard conditions, Dan’s [Vettori] century being the highlight. Dan came in when the score was 258 for 6, the innings in the balance, and put together a couple of strong partnerships with Baz [McCullum] and then Jeets [Patel].

In the overs left in this three-day match we couldn’t quite knock them over for the full win. A good outing first up especially as we don’t have a great record in warm-up matches.

A full day off followed that match and most of us enjoyed some time by the pool enjoying the sun and the water. A couple of us fairer skinned boys got a little more sun than maybe we should have and that was even using sunscreen. The pills we take to make sure we don’t get any nasty diseases from the bugs make us more susceptible to the sun. Silly us, lesson learnt. I should know better anyway, I just go pink, peel and then go white again anyway. Don’t know why I try to get a tan!

Yesterday was training. It was a tough one and I suffered a little. Hit the nets first up for five overs, one to warm up and then four flat out at match intensity. Pads straight on after that for a bat, probably had them on for 45 minutes and in that time I didn’t drink enough. A quick lunch break and then into the gym for a circuit. It was here where I started to feel a little ‘funny’. I got through the circuit and then had some time to do my ‘pre-hab’ stuff. I was getting a little shaky, nothing too much, but I knew I wasn’t the best. I stopped and grabbed a couple of bottles of water and sat down. I weighed myself and since the start of training till here I had lost over a kilo and then you add to that how much sweat was soaked into my clothes and I knew I had lost a whole lot more. My t-shirt felt like it had been thrown into a pool, it was that wet. After some time to recover I felt fine again and headed out to fielding training. This was a good time to get a very good reminder about how much water you lose in these conditions. I’ll have to work very hard to keep hydrated during the sessions on the park.

Which brings me to today: the second warm-up match. Dan won the toss and we batted first; always the option in games like this, it should mean we get two at bats. We didn’t quite have it all our way today though. The day finished with us 283 for 8 and I’m not out. I’m pretty happy with it too. Jeets and I have put on 50 so far, I’ve scored just nine of them, but it’s the partnership that counts.

I’ve been working hard in the nets with Saqlain Mushtaq, who’s come on board with us as a spin bowling consultant, on playing spin and also facing a lot of bowling machine and the quality net bowlers we’ve been privileged to have help us out. Yesterday’s batting was good. I got a load of tennis balls fired out of the bowling machine; short and at me. It was what I needed; I felt pretty good playing, ducking and weaving. Of course I got pinned a couple of time but it just reinforces the positions I must not get into. Out in the middle today I got the opportunity to use all the things I’ve been working on. Nine runs off 41 balls which included the new ball being taken and I get to open the batting in the morning.

And in other cricket news, my predictions for the Ashes are, so far, spot on. One draw, one weather-affected draw, and one win each. If England win this last Test, I’ve picked it right. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are currently going head to head in the Twenty20 over my left shoulder. Interesting battle; Afridi just out, good for SL, he’s an amazing player!

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Fast bowler Iain O'Brien played 22 Tests for New Zealand in the second half of the 2000s

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  • Avinash on August 16, 2009, 14:22 GMT

    Always been a goodie feel reading your posts. First time i replied. :) Cheers and have a great tour!

  • Arti on August 15, 2009, 7:41 GMT

    Hi.. Wud luv to see u Get a century..ok..ok..lets bring it down to a half.. someday.. Keep sweating and keep practicing!!! All the best and Good luck.

  • TAHA on August 14, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    HI ian obrein its little sad to see u guyz didnt win a single warm-up match and its just because of batting u guyz jus cant really depend on ross taylor or brendon mcculum or daniel i mean what is martin guptill or tim mcintosh doing in this side if kiwis want to win their test series they must change their opening combination they must go with ryder with mcintosh or guptill.....bowling is better..

  • poisollan on August 14, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    after a long time seeing ur blog OB.. Nice one... Ur bowling is keep on improving mate..

  • D Joshi on August 13, 2009, 21:55 GMT

    I can't understand why people think the Kiwis are whinging. Iain simply stated how they were reacting to the heat and humidity. Only people who live in cold places will understand how difficult it is to play in humid, hot conditions. Just because he talked about it doesn't make it whinging. IF they lose a match and then blame their performance on the heat and not the cricket then you people have a valid point. And to the guy who said Lankan's etc have to adjust to cold conditions in NZ, England etc. You're right they do, but it is much easier to play in a cold environment than in a hot environment (you get warmed up, you can put more clothes on but in hot conditions you can't take more clothes off if you get what I mean :) )

    By the way Iain nice blog and good luck for the series.

  • matthew on August 13, 2009, 20:56 GMT

    Can't believe the talk of whinging. He isnt making excuses for performances, he's talking about the difficulties of adjusting to new conditions, an experience all players have. Here in Christchurch we havnt had a day warmer than 16 degrees since April, and we have no humidity. OF course it is going to be difficult to adjust from that.

  • Dee "Lanka" the best on August 13, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    It is for sure a challenge for any touring party, whether it be aussie,NZ or England coming to sri lanka or vice versa, the best think to do is to adapt to the conditions asap. There is no point whining and finding excuses, its all about getting used to the foreign conditions. Its the same when the lankan boys go to cold weathers, their palms are hard and stiff coz of the cold weather, just like for the touring parties, sweaty hands and slippery fingers. Its all part and parcel of the game. Anyways, I wasnt proud at all the way the sri lankan's ended their tour, the last bit, hopefully they can pull their socks up and come up with a better, improved performance. All rides on the captain, and for once i think sanath needs to get pushed down the order and get Mahela Udawaththa and Tharanga to open the batting. That way the lankans can have some firepower in the middle courtesy sanath. Whether he fires or not is another matter but tht is an option that sanga should go for in the 50 overs.

  • shamoni8 on August 13, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    hey man. i'm surprised at the few (very) hostile responses to your observation of the weather.

    good luck over in SL and keep these posts coming.

  • Jay on August 13, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    Come off it Ian, if NZ can not adjust to hot and humid conditions you can't play in the sub-continent and the Caribbean. OK, so just go to Oz,RSA and England. Never expected the Kiwis to whinge like te Aussies and the Poms.

  • Dim Rat on August 13, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    haha.. the whinging begins. alright, it IS ur first tour over there and i'm sure it is a shock to the system. but let's try not to mention the heat and humidity again, alright? dont wanna look like ur making excuses now, do we? looking forward to some good cricket, hope u guys can live upto the expectations of Stephen Fleming's touring side. But pls do lose all the matches :-D

  • Avinash on August 16, 2009, 14:22 GMT

    Always been a goodie feel reading your posts. First time i replied. :) Cheers and have a great tour!

  • Arti on August 15, 2009, 7:41 GMT

    Hi.. Wud luv to see u Get a century..ok..ok..lets bring it down to a half.. someday.. Keep sweating and keep practicing!!! All the best and Good luck.

  • TAHA on August 14, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    HI ian obrein its little sad to see u guyz didnt win a single warm-up match and its just because of batting u guyz jus cant really depend on ross taylor or brendon mcculum or daniel i mean what is martin guptill or tim mcintosh doing in this side if kiwis want to win their test series they must change their opening combination they must go with ryder with mcintosh or guptill.....bowling is better..

  • poisollan on August 14, 2009, 8:28 GMT

    after a long time seeing ur blog OB.. Nice one... Ur bowling is keep on improving mate..

  • D Joshi on August 13, 2009, 21:55 GMT

    I can't understand why people think the Kiwis are whinging. Iain simply stated how they were reacting to the heat and humidity. Only people who live in cold places will understand how difficult it is to play in humid, hot conditions. Just because he talked about it doesn't make it whinging. IF they lose a match and then blame their performance on the heat and not the cricket then you people have a valid point. And to the guy who said Lankan's etc have to adjust to cold conditions in NZ, England etc. You're right they do, but it is much easier to play in a cold environment than in a hot environment (you get warmed up, you can put more clothes on but in hot conditions you can't take more clothes off if you get what I mean :) )

    By the way Iain nice blog and good luck for the series.

  • matthew on August 13, 2009, 20:56 GMT

    Can't believe the talk of whinging. He isnt making excuses for performances, he's talking about the difficulties of adjusting to new conditions, an experience all players have. Here in Christchurch we havnt had a day warmer than 16 degrees since April, and we have no humidity. OF course it is going to be difficult to adjust from that.

  • Dee "Lanka" the best on August 13, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    It is for sure a challenge for any touring party, whether it be aussie,NZ or England coming to sri lanka or vice versa, the best think to do is to adapt to the conditions asap. There is no point whining and finding excuses, its all about getting used to the foreign conditions. Its the same when the lankan boys go to cold weathers, their palms are hard and stiff coz of the cold weather, just like for the touring parties, sweaty hands and slippery fingers. Its all part and parcel of the game. Anyways, I wasnt proud at all the way the sri lankan's ended their tour, the last bit, hopefully they can pull their socks up and come up with a better, improved performance. All rides on the captain, and for once i think sanath needs to get pushed down the order and get Mahela Udawaththa and Tharanga to open the batting. That way the lankans can have some firepower in the middle courtesy sanath. Whether he fires or not is another matter but tht is an option that sanga should go for in the 50 overs.

  • shamoni8 on August 13, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    hey man. i'm surprised at the few (very) hostile responses to your observation of the weather.

    good luck over in SL and keep these posts coming.

  • Jay on August 13, 2009, 12:39 GMT

    Come off it Ian, if NZ can not adjust to hot and humid conditions you can't play in the sub-continent and the Caribbean. OK, so just go to Oz,RSA and England. Never expected the Kiwis to whinge like te Aussies and the Poms.

  • Dim Rat on August 13, 2009, 12:16 GMT

    haha.. the whinging begins. alright, it IS ur first tour over there and i'm sure it is a shock to the system. but let's try not to mention the heat and humidity again, alright? dont wanna look like ur making excuses now, do we? looking forward to some good cricket, hope u guys can live upto the expectations of Stephen Fleming's touring side. But pls do lose all the matches :-D

  • Michael on August 13, 2009, 12:09 GMT

    To those that are saying that it's just as difficult to play in New Zealand, I disagree. You can wear more clothing in the cold. You can't escape the heat. Speaking from experience, as a runner in both NZ and Asia, it is far more difficult to adapt to hot conditions than cold. Especially for the bigger lads, if muscles can't release the built up heat, performance goes down.

  • Thuhfa on August 13, 2009, 10:10 GMT

    Hi.Thanx for your nice blog.Thump d sl into a pulp!

  • Thuhfa on August 13, 2009, 10:09 GMT

    Hi.Thanx for your nice blog.Thump d sl into a pulp!

  • Thuhfa on August 13, 2009, 10:09 GMT

    Hi.Thanx for your nice blog.Thump d sl into a pulp!

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:59 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0 and for good measure sangakara also.Dont feel bad about not being there for the ODIs.Do well in the tests and give the selectors a headache.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.We know you can do it.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:56 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0 and for good measure sangakara also.Dont feel bad about not being there for the ODIs.Do well in the tests and give the selectors a headache.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.We know you can do it.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:56 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0 and for good measure sangakara also.Dont feel bad about not being there for the ODIs.Do well in the tests and give the selectors a headache.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.We know you can do it.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:54 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0 and for good measure sangakara also.Dont feel bad about not being there for the ODIs.Do well in the tests and give the selectors a headache.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.We know you can do it.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:53 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0 and for good measure sangakara also.Dont feel bad about not being there for the ODIs.Do well in the tests and give the selectors a headache.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.We know you can do it.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0 and for good measure sangakara also.Dont feel bad about not being there for the ODIs.Do well in the tests and give the selectors a headache.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.We know you can do it.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0 and for good measure sangakara also.Dont feel bad about not being there for the ODIs.Do well in the tests and give the selectors a headache.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.We know you can do it.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:50 GMT

    Hi there, OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the heat).Knew you fellows would find it difficult to acclimatize after being used to temperatures below 14.mind you though,it was hotter here two weeks back.loved your batting-pure,patient test stuff.bowl well in galle.you would probably love it owing to the sea breeze.And do us a favour will you?Get jayawardene out on 0 and for good measure sangakara also.Dont feel bad about not being there for the ODIs.Do well in the tests and give the selectors a headache.Go for it OB.Make us black cap fans proud.We know you can do it.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Hi OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the sweat).We knew you fellows would find

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    Hi OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the sweat).We knew you fellows would find

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    Hi OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the sweat).We knew you fellows would find

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:21 GMT

    Hi OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the sweat).We knew you fellows would find

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    Hi OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the sweat).We knew you fellows would find

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Hi OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the sweat).We knew you fellows would find

  • CricFan on August 13, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    Iain, Nice Blog. Your good batting form continues again. Excellent,Keep it up. Bowl well in this match. ALL THE BEST. Freddie,Mark RamPrakash Back for England. So they have an excellent chance of winning The Ashes.

  • Chala on August 13, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    Well i feel NZs have come up with a negative attitude. Its all about fightin ppl. simply when SL's touring NZ it is freezing cold. But they do play nd do fight. Thats d spirit. come on NZs. U have the strenght. In last games more wickets were taken by swing bowlers, not spinners. And the best part is Ajantha Mendis is not in a good form. Even Murali didnt play much test cricket nd playing with an injury. But Herath is in super form and Kulasekara does the same. But always fighting will create the opportunity.

  • Ross on August 13, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    Nice batting effort. Hope the bowling goes well.

  • Emperor on August 13, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    Finally a update ! but Murali is going to wipe the floor with a NZ with Mushtaq or without

  • Kush on August 13, 2009, 5:17 GMT

    Iain,

    Interesting blog. I ve just returned to NZ from SL. It is indeed hot and humid over there. In fact I did think about you boys having to go there next while I was there. I remember SL having to tour Christchurch in late April in 2007. It was cold! NZ have it the other way around this time.

    Anyhow keep blogging as its interesting to read about how the preparations are taking place. Wickets in SL have been good for swing bowling at recent times. You could do really well. Good luck and all the best.

  • matthew on August 13, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    Hey Ian, wish the team luck, can't wait for my first opportunity to watch you guys live from home (as a student Ive sacrificed home phone and internet and sky to watch you guys play...Don't let me down!). Hope our top order can really apply themselves, if we can last one session for the loss of one then our middle/lower order can really do some damage, but i suppose stability in the top order is against the black caps nature right? And is it just me or has Flynn bulked up a bit..

  • Dunacans Dad on August 12, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    Nice Post Iain. Whats goty into Jeets Patel? he has turned into a run machine

  • Macaca Iqbal on August 12, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    Professionals who are paid top dollar have to adjust to conditions no matter where they go. The LAnkans have to suffer in New Zealand and England with cold wet fogggy miserable weather when they are invited to play at a time suited for the home team. So this is part of professional cricket. The Lankans never blame the weather for their losses in cold miserably wet New Zealand or May in England. Cheers.

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  • Macaca Iqbal on August 12, 2009, 18:39 GMT

    Professionals who are paid top dollar have to adjust to conditions no matter where they go. The LAnkans have to suffer in New Zealand and England with cold wet fogggy miserable weather when they are invited to play at a time suited for the home team. So this is part of professional cricket. The Lankans never blame the weather for their losses in cold miserably wet New Zealand or May in England. Cheers.

  • Dunacans Dad on August 12, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    Nice Post Iain. Whats goty into Jeets Patel? he has turned into a run machine

  • matthew on August 13, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    Hey Ian, wish the team luck, can't wait for my first opportunity to watch you guys live from home (as a student Ive sacrificed home phone and internet and sky to watch you guys play...Don't let me down!). Hope our top order can really apply themselves, if we can last one session for the loss of one then our middle/lower order can really do some damage, but i suppose stability in the top order is against the black caps nature right? And is it just me or has Flynn bulked up a bit..

  • Kush on August 13, 2009, 5:17 GMT

    Iain,

    Interesting blog. I ve just returned to NZ from SL. It is indeed hot and humid over there. In fact I did think about you boys having to go there next while I was there. I remember SL having to tour Christchurch in late April in 2007. It was cold! NZ have it the other way around this time.

    Anyhow keep blogging as its interesting to read about how the preparations are taking place. Wickets in SL have been good for swing bowling at recent times. You could do really well. Good luck and all the best.

  • Emperor on August 13, 2009, 5:24 GMT

    Finally a update ! but Murali is going to wipe the floor with a NZ with Mushtaq or without

  • Ross on August 13, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    Nice batting effort. Hope the bowling goes well.

  • Chala on August 13, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    Well i feel NZs have come up with a negative attitude. Its all about fightin ppl. simply when SL's touring NZ it is freezing cold. But they do play nd do fight. Thats d spirit. come on NZs. U have the strenght. In last games more wickets were taken by swing bowlers, not spinners. And the best part is Ajantha Mendis is not in a good form. Even Murali didnt play much test cricket nd playing with an injury. But Herath is in super form and Kulasekara does the same. But always fighting will create the opportunity.

  • CricFan on August 13, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    Iain, Nice Blog. Your good batting form continues again. Excellent,Keep it up. Bowl well in this match. ALL THE BEST. Freddie,Mark RamPrakash Back for England. So they have an excellent chance of winning The Ashes.

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    Hi OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the sweat).We knew you fellows would find

  • Dark ferns,sri lanka on August 13, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    Hi OB, welcome to sri lanka(and the sweat).We knew you fellows would find