Cricket Australia has come up with a gem. In order to reduce the stresses on long-distance relationships while the Aussie men go on their prolonged tour of England, their WAGs have been invited to a "pre-Ashes training camp" at a beach resort.
A beach resort, darlings. Sounds full on. You know, like a "training camp". Why not a "zen mental wellbeing" camp? It sounds more appropriate, and also more appropriately full of shit.
Oh wait, the players are also going to be there. So that's where the "training" comes into it. Next month, on the Sunshine Coast, the players will train for the Ashes and World Cup, but what's more, they will have regular sessions with relationship counsellors alongside their wives or girlfriends.
Cricket Australia's operations manager Michael Brown is right on top of this spa retreat:
"It is a great opportunity for us to take a more holistic approach to welfare, management, relationships and (to) work with some experts."
I think I've read that in a pamphlet somewhere.
"This is not just about taking the girls up to the camp and talking to them. It's about helping the families spend some more time together before their husbands leave again."
It's a shame this wasn't around when Warnie and Simone were still married. It could have done a lot for their relationship. One whole text-free camp.
I wonder if Brett Lee's going to turn up.