After witnessing the fantastic scenes from Sydney last night/this morning now is an opportune time to showcase that the England Deaf Squad fly to Melbourne on Sunday to compete in the Ashes series for Deaf Cricketers.
The squad will play one Test match during the Ashes Series for Deaf Cricketers to decide the destination of the urn, followed by two One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 matches as part of a Tri-Series against Australia and South Africa in Geelong.
England will be looking to win back the trophy currently held by Australia after their last encounter in 2008 ended in a draw.
Clearly last night's events will act as very powerful motivation for the Deaf squad to go to Australia and make their own history and here’s hoping that come the beginning of February, England will be the holders of all of the Ashes series trophies. We already hold the Blind Ashes and our women have their Ashes series later this month.
I know you will be behind the deaf guys all the way but if anybody wishes to send a good luck message to the squad please email it to me and I will ensure that your messages are passed onto the squad.
England Deaf squad to tour Australia
Umesh Valjee, Middlesex (Captain) Head Coach – Bobby Denning (Lancashire)
Paul Allen, Derbyshire
Saul Allison, Surrey
Liam Backhurst, Durham
Matt Clinton, Cumbria
James Dixon, Lancashire
Matthew Everett, Essex
Stephen George, Devon
George Greenway, Devon
Chris Hughes, Warwickshire
Stefan Pichowski, Kent
James Schofield, Wales
Darrell Sykes, Yorkshire
Michael Weathersby, Wales
Andrew Wood, Yorkshire
The Ashes Series for Deaf Cricketers
17th January, Test Match day 1, Geelong Grammar School
18th January, Test Match day 2, Geelong Grammar School
19th January, Test Match day 3, Geelong Grammar School
Tri-Series between England, Australia, South Africa
All matches to take place at Geelong Grammar School.
21st January, ODI, Australia v South Africa
22nd January, ODI, South Africa v England
23rd January, ODI, Australia v England
24th January, T20, South Africa v England & T20, Australia v England
26th January, T20, Australia v South Africa & T20, England v Australia
27th January, ODI Final