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inform issue 29 - Summer 2019

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14 informonline.org.au Feature Batting Above Average

Feature informonline.org.au 15 They may be looking to avenge narrow losses against South Australia and NSW at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships in January, but winning isn’t everything for the Victorian Blind Cricket team. Being a part of this close-knit team also means working together and supporting one another, both on and off the field. Pics: Meredith O'Shea It’s a warm Monday night in Melbourne and the members of the Victorian Blind Cricket team are gathering at Junction Oval. On the pristine surface of the historic ground in St Kilda, they begin their fortnightly training session with a few laps of the oval. Later, they’ll run drills on the oval before heading inside to Cricket Victoria’s state-of-the-art facilities for batting and bowling practice and team meetings. There’s a lot to get through and the National Cricket Inclusion Championships are only a few weeks away. While the team runs laps and drills on Junction Oval, coach Brett Wilson watches on. An unassuming man, slight of build, Wilson boasts an impressive cricket resume. He began playing blind cricket thirty years ago in his native New Zealand and only recently retired from International Cricket after more than 80 international matches for New Zealand and Australia. ‘When you get older, you start reflecting on stuff that you’ve done and when I was reflecting on it, I was thinking well, I have done quite a bit. Bit of an achievement, which I’m quite proud of,’ he said. Wilson reels off his achievements quietly, a handful of world cups, a couple of tours of England, three Ashes series. He’s travelled the world, visiting India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa alongside England. His love for the game is obvious and he cites the camaraderie of the team as something he particularly enjoys. ‘Good camaraderie, teamwork, team spirit. Not just on the field but off the field. You start networking with people and you find that your social life circle is bigger, you can go to more events. And it’s a good network that if you’re not feeling very well, you can always ring someone up to talk to or chat over skype and just tell them about your day because they understand, they’re vision impaired as well.’