Chris Edwards will lead a 15-man England Learning Disability squad on their tour of Australia. The Squad departed from the UK on 28th September.
Between October 8-18, England will take on Australia in three One-Day Internationals and five IT20s, all taking place in Brisbane.
The IT20s form part of the INAS Global Games – the world’s biggest high performance sports event for athletes with an intellectual impairment.
Five players will be touring with the England squad for the first time – Jordyn Dore, Martin Henderson, Kieran McKinney, Andrew Mowatt and 16-year-old Kester Sainsbury. Edwards, meanwhile, is embarking on his fifth tour and third as captain.
England Learning Disability Head Coach, Derek Morgan, said: “We’re excited to be able to take a strong squad to Australia for the INAS Global Games.”
“Matches against Australia always bring an added intensity and I’m sure both sides will be spurred on by the inspirational performances we saw in this summer’s Specsavers Ashes series.
“We’ve enjoyed good success in Australia in recent years and hope to continue that run on this tour.”
Ian Martin, ECB Head of Disability Cricket, said: “It’s great to have cricket as part of a global multi-sport event such as the Inas Global Games and we hope this will increase the exposure for our athletes and our sport.”
“The Games are a great opportunity for our players to showcase their cricketing skills and also their values and behaviours as international athletes.
“We enjoyed a fantastic Physical Disability World Series on home soil this summer, where England finished runners-up and I can’t wait to see our Learning Disability squad put in equally inspirational performances next month.”
Tracey McCillen, Chief Executive, UK Sports Association said: “The ECB have embraced the Squad and shown that with the right support and investment, world class athletes will emerge. The squad has worked hard to reach this elite level. I’m proud of all they have achieved so far and all that is still to come.”
”I’m delighted to see our two UKSA Ambassadors on the Squad, Chris Edwards and Jonny Gale – great players and great role models.”
“Our long standing collaboration with the ECB makes elite competition a reality and together our work showcases some incredible cricketing talent. I wish them all every success in Brisbane!”
The full England Learning Disability squad for tour of Australia
Chris Edwards (Cheshire) captain
Dan Bowser (Devon)
Jordyn Dore (Hampshire)
Jonathan Gale (Surrey)
Ronnie Jackson (Essex)
Alex Jervis (Yorkshire)
Martin Henderson (Middlesex)
Rob Hewitt (Yorkshire)
Dan Levey (Surrey)
Kieran McKinney (Staffordshire)
Andrew Mowatt (Kent)
Jack Perry (Cheshire)
Kester Sainsbury (Middlesex)
Tom Wilson (Lancashire)
Tayler Young (Surrey)
England Learning Disability tour of Australia fixtures
Tue 8 Oct: 1st ODI v Australia – Dauth Park, Beenleigh
Thu 10 Oct: 2nd ODI v Australia – Dauth Park, Beenleigh
Fri 11 Oct: 3rd ODI v Australia – Dauth Park, Beenleigh
Sat 12 Oct: INAS Global Games opens
Sun 13 Oct: 1st IT20 v Australia – South Brisbane DCC
Mon 14 Oct: 2nd IT20 v Australia – South Brisbane DCC
Wed 16 Oct: 3rd IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field
Thu 17 Oct: 4th IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field
Fri 18 Oct: 5th IT20 v Australia – Allan Border Field
Sat 19 Oct: INAS Global Games closes
The UK Sports Association is the Great Britain member of Inas and is responsible for the evaluation and management of eligibility and classification for British players.
Cricketers with intellectual impairment (learning disability) are classified as class II1. For more information about classification of athletes with intellectual impairment contact UKSA or visit the website.
For more information on UKSA Ambassadors click here
The Squad on tour in Australia is selected and managed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). For more information about England and Wales disability cricket click here