The players, from Mt Lawley-Inglewood Cricket Club and Landsdale Cricket Club respectively, were the only two West Australians selected for the 14-man intellectual team that will play reigning champions England in the Cricket Australia five-game series, which also includes a blind and vision-impaired competition.
Duffield, of North Perth, said he was looking forward to representing Australia and rated the home team’s chances because ‘we have a fit young team’.
The 21-year-old pace bowler and batsman started playing cricket when he was six.
Cross, of Ballajura, said he had been selected as a spin bowler, despite specialising in pace bowling.
‘I came down to the trials and they said, ‘Can someone bowl spin?’, so it’s a new thing for me,’ the 30-year-old said.
Cross said he was excited about representing his country.
‘Many people don’t get to do it and it’s an awesome feeling to say I’ve represented my country in a sport I’m passionate about,’ he said.
Live scores from the competition that runs until March 24 are available at www.allabilities.vic.cricket.com.au.