WA pair are proud to wear green and gold

Boyd Duffield and Grant Cross say they’re proud to be representing their country.
Boyd Duffield and Grant Cross say they’re proud to be representing their country.

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.