WA and Australian players David Melling and James Johnston will participate in a training camp at the BUPA National Cricket later this year alongside Matt Shenton, Syed Shahrukh and Cameron Wilson.

Melling represented Australia at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing T20 World Cup in 2018, and took out the tournament's batting award, which earned him the unofficial title of World’s Best Batsman in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing T20 format of the game.

Primarily a fast bowler, Melling has developed his batting over the years to include brutal power that can quickly accumulate runs at strike rates close to 200. He’s perhaps best known for his Virat Kohli style ‘bat drop’ celebration when reaching a 100 at the World Cup event.


WA and Australian keeper, Johnston also played a key part in Australia's 2018 Deaf and Hard of Hearing World Cup campaign.

Matt Shenton, WA Deaf team captain, has led the State to a number of tight victories over the last couple of seasons. The Wheatbelt product is a composed and skilled batter who also bowls some handy medium pace.

Having starred for the WA team for a number of years, Shahrukh will have his first opportunity to be called up to the national set-up. He is a frequent partner in crime to Melling, and can play attacking shots all around the ground, while consistently making high scores.

The powerful batsman finished second behind Melling on the run scoring charts at the 2019 NCIC.

Wilson has played for WA since the inception of the NCIC in 2017, despite residing in Alice Springs. The leg spinner has represented his adopted WA with pride, with the Northern Territory not entering a team into the tournament.

Capable of also going big with the bat, his leg spin has complemented nicely with the WA attack, which is predominantly pace.

2020 National Deaf Training Squad

 

No

Player

State

Age

1

Andrew Park

NSW

35

2

Austin Phillip

NSW

19

3

Luke Smith

SA

27

4

Tyson Hay

VIC

21

5

Callum Asbury

VIC

22

6

David Melling

WA

24

7

Lewis Beard

NSW

24

8

Luke Trudgett

SA

31

9

Liam Prineas

QLD

20

10

Matthew Shenton

WA

31

11

Zac King

VIC

27

12

James Johnston

WA

29

13

Sean Walsh

QLD

23

14

Nick Watkins

NSW

36

15

Shahrukh Syed

WA

32

16

Cameron Wilson

WA/NT

29

17

Kurt Williams

NSW

23
































Following the 2021 NCIC, a final squad of 15 players will be selected to travel to Dubai for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cricket World Cup in the first half of 2021.

The dates of the training camp and the World Cup will be advised once the current COVID-19 situation has been resolved.