Jackson spices up winter with Indian development tour

While the rest of the county shivers in the freezing temperatures Eastbourne cricketer Callum Jackson is escaping the cold for the warmer climate of Pune, India.

As a member of the England Cricket Board’s England Development programme, he will attend a 20-day competitive training camp between February 4 and 24. The team will play seven matches in Pune and one in Mumbai during the tour, and Callum is likely to be captain for a number of them.

When not enjoying the average daily temperatures of 12C to 32C, and the ten hours a day of sunshine, he might have to take refuge from the 3mm of rain which is likely to fall over February.

The whole England squad have been raising money for two community projects in Pune. They will visit an orphanage and a primary school to coach cricket with the children. They plan to leave cricket equipment and books and donate money they have raised. Callum recently undertook a sponsored 10km run, in full cricket batting kit, (helmet, pads and bat) and with the help of a variety of sponsors raised a total of £480 to these worthy causes.