IF we’d won our (YB40) game against Durham last weekend, we’d have been well clear of everyone else in our group but that didn’t happen.

Durham is always a tough place to go and it’s a very difficult one-day wicket.

The ball seams quite a bit and they bowled very well on Saturday.

We thought that the score we got (224-9) wasn’t too bad for the wicket but, in the end, it wasn’t enough.

I did manage to get a few runs and I was happy about that because I’ve been batting well this season but it wasn’t enough to push my team on to a win.

I think that everyone’s excited because the Twenty20 competition started this week.

We played Surrey in our first match last night, which would have been a tough start for us – especially coming up against old faces like Glenn Maxwell.

We’re in a tough group and we haven’t got the strongest side on paper but it was the same last season and we went on to win the competition.

We’ve got that experience of winning competitions that the other teams don’t have and, if we can make a good start, we’ve got every chance of getting to the quarter-finals.

I think that everyone looks forward to this time of the year because Twenty20 means that batsmen can let their hair down and go for runs.

It’s an exciting form of the game and you get big crowds that enjoy it, which are always nice to play in front of.

I managed to catch the end of the Champions Trophy final last weekend and it was a big disappointment for England.

India’s spinners made the difference and even though they weren’t at home, they dealt with the pressure better – plain and simple.