WA Duo Set For Blind World Cup
25 January 2017  

WA duo Brad Brider and Steffan Nero have departed for India with the Australian Blind and Vision Impaired team in preparation for the Blind Twenty20 World Cup that will take place from 30 January – 12 February.

The event which features 10 nations will take place at venues right across India.

Australian coach David Drew, who is also assistant coach of WBBL side Hobart Hurricanes and WNCL side Tassie Roar, is confident in his side’s chances on the world stage.

"We’re very athletic and we’re good in the field,” Drew said. "We’ve got some of the quickest bowlers in the world and our batting is definitely improving.”

Members of the squad have just represented their States at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships in Geelong that concluded yesterday.

The combined South Australia / Western Australia team were victorious in the Blind and Vision Impaired Division of the event. However more importantly for the Australian squad the timing of the tournament was an ideal preparation.

"The National Cricket Inclusion Championships have been really important for us in preparation for India,” said Australian captain Lindsay Heaven. "It’s great because it’s the start of a bonding experience which is crucial as a lot of guys will be on the road for more than a month.”

"Our goal is to win the World Cup. We’re no different to any other side, we want to go away and win,” continued Heaven. "We think we’ve got the side to do it. We’re a new side with most of the team in their early twenties if not teens so lots of excitement there and good for them to get the experience.”

The squad features players from right across the country, with Victoria (four), New South Wales (four), South Australia (three), Queensland (three), Western Australia (two) and ACT (one) all represented.

Australia T20 Blind Cricket World Cup Squad

B3: Matt McCarthy – vice-captain (QLD), Stephen Palmer (SA), Steffan Nero (WA), Ray Moxly (QLD), Mike Hamilton (ACT), Jack McAlister (QLD), Ned Brewer (VIC)

B2: Lindsay Heaven - captain (NSW), Matt Cameron (NSW), Dan Pritchard (VIC), Brad Brider (WA), Mark Haskett (SA)

B1: Brendan Spencer (VIC), Michael Zannis (SA), Vaughan Roles (NSW), David Saxberg (NSW), Christine Casey (VIC)

Pic credit: Cameron Grimes