Five New South Wales’ players have been selected in the National Deaf Training Squad to participate in a training camp at the BUPA National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, during April.
The players are Andrew Park, Austin Phillip, Kurt Williams, Kym Daley and Nick Watkin.
The camp forms an important part of the training and selection process for the Final Touring Squad to travel to the Deaf Cricket T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka that takes place from 12-17 November.
NSW, Victoria and Western Australia all have five players from each of their states selected.
The 20-man squad was chosen based on performances and experience across a range of cricket. This included results at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships, Club Cricket, previous Deaf Cricket participation and potential for improvement.
Phillip finished the recently completed National Cricket Inclusion Championships as the second leading run-scorer for the tournament with 223 runs, averaging 74.33 across each of his five innings. He was 77 runs behind South Australia’s Luke Trudgett.
Trudgett scored 300 runs at an average of 60 for the eventual champions. NSW was eliminated in the semi-finals of the National Championships by South Australia.
Park was among the top ten leading wicket takers for the tournament. He finished with seven wickets at 13.29 in equal third place.
The leading wicket taker during the Championships was Victoria’s Tony Barulovski. He claimed 10 wickets at 9.1.
The Training Camp will be held from Saturday 14th April to Sunday 22nd April.