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What does your standard training week involve?
During the Preseason our training week consists of 5 days a week with generally 3-4 weight sessions and 3-4 conditioning/mobility sessions and 2 sessions of skill based training. During the season the Strength and Conditioning aspect is tapered off to concentrate more on skill based training, the strength and conditioning is fitted in around the days off we have in between games.
Where is your favourite place to train?
My favourite training venue would have to be the MCG, I believe it's the greatest stadium in the world and there is no other place like it! My favourite training environment is anything to do with being around the whole team. The team environment is what I enjoy most about playing sport.
What is your favourite 2XU garment? When do you use it and why?
The elite MCS compression shorts are my favourite, I wear these in the field whilst I am fielding and also when I am bowling, they are by far the most comfortable compression garment I have ever worn and help my muscles recover quickly which is great for those long days in the field that us cricketers sometimes encounter.
What is your favourite training accessory?
As I am on my feet all the time when we are playing my favourite accessory would have to be my bowling shoes.
What has been the toughest experience in your career and what did you learn from it?
The toughest experience of my career so far would be three separate stress fractures in my back over the space of 18 months. I had just made it into the Australian team when I was first diagnosed and just made my way back into the team the other two times. I learnt a lot about myself and my mental strength through my rehab. The first time wasn't as hard as the last two as I knew how tedious the rehab process was and what I had to go through, also because the majority of the rehab was done by myself. It did make me realize how much I actually wanted to make it back into the team and that I needed to work harder than ever to get back which has been a blessing in disguise for me.
What motivates you to train and race harder?
The chance to represent your country is a big motivation for me, playing cricket for Australia is an unbelievable feeling.
Describe your diet/meal plan leading up to a big race:
In the lead up to a game I don't change my diet too much, it's a hard balancing act with nutrition during a four or five day game as some days you won't do anything except sit around, so I avoid eating carbs before these days or during these days where I am inactive. If I know that I am in the field for the whole day the next day I would eat a higher amount of carbohydrates.
How do you balance your training and racing life with life outside the sport?
I study at university doing communications. It gives me a good opportunity to focus on something else other than cricket and I get to meet a whole new group of people outside of cricket as well.
What type of nutritional supplement do you find most helpful (either for training or competition)?
I don't usually use supplements except for WPI protein before and after going to the gym. Staying hydrated is important for me when I am out in the field so I use electrolytes (Hydralyte etc) to stay hydrated.
Best and worst thing about being a professional athlete:
The best thing about playing cricket is getting to travel the World doing what I love. The worst thing would have to be the toll that fast bowling takes on your body and the injuries that come with it.
In five years time, I'll be:
Hopefully still be playing cricket but if not working somewhere in the sports media.