North Perth cricketer selected in Australian squad for tour to England


Boyd Duffield will play cricket overseas for the first time this month.
Boyd Duffield will play cricket overseas for the first time this month.

BOYD Duffield (23) will play cricket internationally for the first time this month when he represents Australia in the INAS Learning Disability Tri-Series trophy.

The North Perth resident, who has autism, will pack up his bat and batting pads and head to Cheshire, England for the two-and-a-half week series of 40-over and T20 games against England and South Africa

He is one of two WA players in the 14-man squad.

Other team members are from Victoria and Queensland.

Duffield has been playing cricket since he was six years old and has been a member of Mt Lawley Inglewood Cricket Club for seven years.

He said he loved the sport and hoped to play it as long as he could.

“I played juniors first, I just wanted to give it a go,” he said.

“I play indoor and outdoor cricket, but I also play footy as well.

“I want to continue to play cricket and represent Australia.”

He said he had been to England before for a holiday but was excited to head back for the competition.

“I think we’re up against some tough competition; England beat us in the last series in 2015,” he said.

“I am not sure about South Africa because they pulled out of that competition.”