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Sri Lanka Blog Days 6 & 7 - Wayne Madsen and Tony Palladino

Training day five started with a prehab session that was two men short!

The aptly named "Sri Lanka pants" has claimed a second Derbyshire victim. Johnno seems to have picked up a similar bug to Dino #GoingDownLikeFlies

The Hampshire boys arrived today and along with them, the FIFA 13 banter! The games have kicked off and FIFA 'Don' Redfern seems to be flying the flag high for The Falcons!

We got a bit of stick from the Hampshire blokes last year at the Ageas Bowl...They wanted us to set up a game and we chose to bat on and claim all our batting points (which proved vital in the end).

In my opinion, they play some of the most defensive FIFA football I've even seen!!! #11MenBehindTheBall #FearlessFalcons.

Travelling on Sri Lankan roads is like organised chaos, even with so many police lining the streets with their pink whistles! Our trip to the ground can be anything from 15-45 minutes, but the biggest eye opener of the journey is heading over the railway tracks near the ground.

There are no barriers, no warning lights and it's on a bend. If it wasn't for the people walking on the tracks in front of and behind the trains, we'd struggle to know whether to cross or not!

On the cricket front, the pitches are spinning square and have been challenging for all of the batters, although Knighty seems to be enjoying them! Tina is bowling some serious gas and is making the seamers net look like a Derby 1st hour wicket. The batting has been of a high standard and the keepers have been getting in some great practice behind the stumps.

With only 3 days left until we fly back, we are watching what we eat and drink to make sure we avoid any more casualties.

Day 7 - Tony Palladino 

Well as I'm sure you've already noticed from previous blogs the last three days for me have been about as bad as it gets. Numerous trips to the toilet coupled with a constant upset stomach and shivering followed by sweating is not how I had envisioned the trip.

Before I was struck down it had been very productive indeed with two spells of bowling each day and lengthy bats in the nets. I was happy to be able to get back to practice today and got four overs under my belt before a monsoon hit our nets. Overall illness aside I've been happy with my trip thus far and am hoping for a good finish to prepare me for the coming season.

I am very thankful to the creators of football manager for the ipad which has kept my mind occupied during my bed ridden days at the hotel. My first assignment with Derby County did not go well as I was sacked rather quickly, started a second game with schalke with the same result but I'm hoping for better results with my third team Paris st Germain, it's going well at the moment currently sitting atop the pile in Ligue 1.

Cheers

Dino  

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