Cricket Australia announce squad for INAS Tri-Nations Series

Cricket Australia has selected a 14 player squad for the INAS Tri-Nations Series to be held from the 9 – 23 July in Cheshire, England.  The tournament will bring together the best cricketers with an intellectual disability from Australia, England and South Africa.

The historic tour marks the first time an Australian Cricket team for players with any type of disability has travelled abroad since Commonwealth Bank and Cricket Australia announced the country’s single largest investment in women’s sport and diversity sports programs. A key milestone of that investment being that cricket is the first non-Paralympic Australian sport to fully fund its national teams. As a consequence, players in this squad will not have to pay to represent their country where previously they had to find up to $5,000 each to participate.

Vittoria Shortt, Group Executive of Marketing and Strategy at Commonwealth Bank, said the bank’s partnership with Cricket Australia is particularly focused on strengthening the foundations of cricket for women, Indigenous players, players with disabilities, and the local clubs around the country that are the lifeblood of the game.

“Supporting players with disabilities is a focus of our partnership, and we are delighted to be able to play a role in helping the 14 outstanding players that have been selected to represent Australia in the INAS Tri-Nations Series.

“We wish the team all the very best for the tournament and know they will be excellent ambassadors for the country.”

The Australian side depart for the UK on 4 July looking to claim back the title it last won in 2009. After bringing home silverware at the first three editions of the event, Australia finished third in 2011 and runner-up in 2015.

At this event Australia will have two opportunities to claim a title with separate 40 over and T20 tournaments being contested between the three nations.

Head coach John Lonergan believes increased professionalism and a targeted approach over the last two years gives his squad every chance of making up significant ground on defending champions England.

“In 2015 the coaching team identified a large gap between the athleticism and fielding ability of England compared to that of the Australian Squad,” said Lonergan. “This has been a specific focus right from the start in identifying the initial training squad of 22 players.”

“At our training camp at the BUPA National Cricket Centre we called out 3 key focus areas for this tour.  We must enjoy this experience of representing Australia and touring overseas.  Each individual should strive to be the best cricketer they can be and finally, we are an elite cricket team representing Australia, so as with Cricket Australia’s overall philosophy we want to be the Number 1 Cricket Nation in our respective Division,” continued Lonergan.

Former Australian Test and ODI cricketer Julien Wiener will also join the support coaching staff on this tour as a player mentor having worked closely with several members of the squad at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships in Geelong.

“I’ve been so impressed with how excited and proud these guys are to represent their country and how this has positively reflected in their preparation and willingness to learn and get better,” said Wiener. “This is a squad with a strong team first ethic who are always looking for ways to support their teammates.”

2017 National ID Squad
Gavan Hicks (Captain), VIC
Lachlan MacRae, VIC
Mitchell Cutter Rabl, VIC
Daynah Hopkins, VIC
David Alford, VIC
Brett Wilson, QLD
Haydn Brumm, QLD
Brendan Westlake, QLD
David Baird, QLD
Nicholas McConnell, QLD
Boyd Duffield, WA
Anthony Kalimeris, WA
Luke Goodman, SA
Justin Nilon, TAS
John Lonergan – Head Coach
Nathan Dodd – Assistant Coach
Jo Connolly – Team Manager
Julien Wiener – Coach and Player Mentor

Australia will open their campaign on 11 July against England in a 40 over match.

Full Tournament Schedule

Sunday 9 July Training and Opening Ceremony
Monday 10 July 40 Over – England v South Africa Chester Boughton Hall CC
Tuesday 11 July 40 Over – England v Australia Grappenhall CC
Wednesday 12 July 40 Over – South Africa v Australia Nantwich CC
Thursday 13 July 40 Over – South Africa v England Bramhall CC
Friday 14 July 40 Over – Australia v England Tattenhall CC
Saturday 15 July Rest/Reserve Day
Sunday 16 July 40 Over – South Africa v Australia Oxton CC
Monday 17 July 40 Over – Final Neston CC
Tuesday 18 July T20 – England v Australia
T20 – Australia v South Africa
Toft CC
Wednesday 19 July T20 – South Africa v England
T20 – England v Australia
Nantwich CC
Thursday 20 July T20 – England v South Africa
T20 – South Africa v Australia
Oxton CC
Friday 21 July T20 – Final Nantwich CC
Saturday 22 July Rest/Reserve Day