Kitted out in his Perth Scorchers shirt, Mr Sutherland rolled up his sleeves and got in on the action during a clinic with children from the Beldon Education Support Centre to promote all abilities cricket.

Children with various disabilities were treated to a cricket clinic with Perth Scorchers players Joel Paris and Mathilda Carmichael and mascot Blaze, getting outdoors to enjoy the sun and get active with their teammates.

Mr Sutherland said: “It was good to get out there with the kids - they are so enthusiastic and it was great to see how much fun they were having.”

“The development officers from the WACA are so enthusiastic about coaching the kids and encouraging them to learn about the game of cricket and appreciate the basic skills that come with the game, with a longer term view of encouraging them to be active, have fun playing sport and to really enjoy their cricket.

“We’re really proud that over the course of the last few years we’ve had significant growth in participation numbers for people with a disability.

“There are around 23,000 cricket participants who have a disability and it’s a specific area in our Game Development where we’re encouraging states and territories to grow the game and provide access, to kids particularly, that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity.

“Cricket is doing its part to provide access to those that may at times be closed off to sport.

Mr Sutherland is travelling around the nation to promote the diversity of cricket as a sport and highlight that cricket doesn’t have to be played in a traditional environment.