WA’s Ryan Honschooten, Brad Brider, Matthew Cameron and Michael Berg reconnected with their teammates face-to-face for the first time in a year, having linked up via satellite coaching sessions and online programs last year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

A jam-packed training schedule saw the squad of 24 undertake a number of trial matches, fitness testing, and attend a local Come and Try session for aspiring blind cricketers in Canberra.

The highlight of the camp came when the side participated in a training session with the Australian Capital Territory Women’s cricket team.

Brad outlined in a nutshell how the game works for his team.

“We play with a plastic hard ball with ball bearings inside and it’s bowled underarm. The ball has to bounce once before halfway and once afterwards and the bowler has the ask the batter when they’re ready and as they release the ball they say ‘play!'"

He also had one message for aspiring blind cricketers - "There are some excellent come and try events happening across the country. It’s a game where you will make friends for life, so get out there and get active."

The most recent International series was at the Blind Cricket World Cup, played in Dubai in January 2018.

Australia’s National Blind and Low Vision Squad is further recognition that cricket is a sport for all, including people with a disability.

This squad is a true celebration of cultural diversity allowing cricketers to compete in a secure, fun and friendly environment whilst helping challenge perceptions and strengthen communities.

Through the WA Cricket Foundation the Western Australian Cricket Association is developing pathways and programs for kids and adults with a disability that ultimately allow them to strive for success at State and National level.

Learn more about how you can support young aspiring cricketers with a disability by heading to www.wacricketfoundation.com.au