England Blind squad

Matt Dean (captain)

Matthew Dean

Date of birth: 16 March 1983
Club: Metro Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right handed batsman, right-arm medium pace bowler
England debut: Australia, 2004
Best moment in cricket: Scoring 115 in my debut as England captain against the West Indies, only beaten by the Ashes win in 2004 - there has never been a series like it
Best thing about playing for England: Everything - it’s the opportunities you get and the pride of wearing the three lions
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 3-2 to England
Ambition: To win the Ashes, World Cup and the lottery
Occupation: Hire desk controller
Hero: David Gower
Song you would walk out to bat to Things Can Only Get Better by D:Ream or Blaze of Glory by Bon Jovi

Andy Powers (vice captain)

Andy Powers

Date of birth: 27 October 1985
Club: Warwickshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right handed batsman, slow right-arm bowler
England debut: Sri Lanka, 2006
Best moment in cricket: When my brother Dave became the first brothers to play for England, scoring 179 against the West Indies which was the record score for a partially sighted player
Best thing about playing for England: Wearing the three lions
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 4-1 to England
Ambition: To win the World Cup and become England captain
Occupation: Studying Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention at Middlesex University
Hero: Andrew Flintoff
Song you would walk out to bat to: Let's Get Ready To Rumble by PJ and Duncan

David Allen

David Allen

Date of Birth: 10 April 1991
Club: Sussex Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right handed batsman, left-arm spin
England debut: West Indies, 2008
Best moment in cricket: Getting a hat-trick against the Hampshire VI Team in 2006
Best thing about playing for England: Being picked in the Squad going to Australia to defend the Ashes
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 4-1 to England
Ambition: To continue playing for England
Occupation Still at college studying landscaping
Hero: Monty Panesar
Song you would walk out to bat to: Theme from Cheers as my nickname is Woody!

Gavin Dean

Gavin Dean

Date of birth: 10 February 1980
Club: Metro Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: All-rounder
England debut: West Indies, 2008
Best moment in cricket: Getting my first England cap under the current England captain Matthew Dean as he is my younger brother. Also getting man of the match in this year's domestic cup final
Best thing about playing for England: There is nothing better than being able to represent my country.
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 4-1 to England.
Ambition: To cement a starting place in the starting XI and help England win the Ashes and the next World Cup
Occupation: Pysiotherapist
Hero: Freddie Flintoff
Song you would walk out to bat to: We’re Gonna Win by Bryan Adams

Dan Field

Dan Field

Date of Birth: 22 June 1988
County/Club: Sussex Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right hand middle order, wicket keeper.
England debut: Sri Lanka, 2006.
Best moment in cricket: Too many to mention but my England debut was a very special moment.
Best thing about playing for England: The boys and their banter and the overwhelming sense of pride of having the three lions on your chest and cap.
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 4-1 to England.
Ambition: To get a degree and a job as a cricket coach somewhere, and to win the Ashes and the World Cup with England
Occupation: Student and occasional cricket coach.
Hero: Matt Prior, Cole Griffiths, Matt Rodgers and Adam Benjamin
Song you would walk out to bat to: Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner or Voodoo People by the Prodigy

Nathan Foy

Nathan Foy

Date of Birth: 17 June 1980
Club: Warwickshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Left handed top order batsman, right arm leg-spin bowler
England debut: Pakistan, 2002.
Best moments in cricket: Winning the Blind Cricket Ashes in 2004. Breaking the world record with 232 runs in the 2002 World Cup - I dedicated the innings to my mother who passed away two weeks earlier. It was a moment of emotion that will never be matched
Best thing about playing for England: Those three lions mean so much. It is the highest achievement in blind cricket and an honour to be part of our history
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: The heart says 5-0 to England but my head says 3-2
Ambition: To win the World Cup. I will not retire from International Cricket until we lift that trophy. Other ambitions include forming a coaching course for B1 cricketers
Occupation: Training Manager for Wales Council for the Blind.
Hero: Nasser Hussain, Headley Verity, Ian Botham, Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Don Bradman and Heindrich Swanepoel
Song you would walk out to bat to: To Get Down by Timo Mass or Don't Give Up by Chicane and Bryan Adams.

John Garbett

John Garbett

Date of Birth: 28 July 1964
Club: Sussex Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Left-handed batsman, slow right arm bowler.
England debut: West Indies, 2008
Best moment in cricket: England debut. Otherwise Yorkshire winning the County Championship in 2001 and C&G at Lord's in 2002, plus Geoff Boycott's hundredth hundred at Headingley in 1977 against Australia.
Best thing about playing for England: Representing your country at the highest level in your chosen sport. Lining up with a fine bunch of chaps.
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 4-1 to England.
Ambition: To help blind cricket grow and grow. To help make all sports grounds accessible for all disabled sports fans.
Occupation: Retired from Southern Rail company. I am a trustee of the charities National Association of Disabled football Supporters and Blind Cricket England and Wales.
Hero: Brian Clough, Darren Lehmann, John Lennon, John Arlott, Peter Jones, Barry Davies and Chris Old.
Song you would walk out to bat to: Made of Stone - Stone Roses.

Joe Harrison

Joe Harrison

Date of birth: 4 October 1988
Club: Sussex Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right hand batsman, right-arm medium pace bowler
England debut: Australia, 2004
Best moment in cricket: Winning the Ashes in 2004
Best thing about playing for England: Away tours as they are always a good laugh with the boys
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 4-1 to England
Ambition: 50 caps for England and a blind cricket league title with Sussex
Occupation: Studying maths with economics at Loughborough University
Hero: Stuart Broad and Luke Wright
Song you would walk out to bat to: Had Enough by Breaking Benjamin

Mahomed Khatri

Mo Khatri

Date of birth: 8 November 1990
Club: Warwickshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right hand bat, right arm slow bowler
England debut: India, 2007
Best moment in cricket: My first international wicket, catch and boundary.
Best thing about playing for England: Being around some great guys and to go out there and represent the country
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: England win 4-1
Ambition: To one day be the star England player and to improve my all-round game
Occupation: Loughborough College doing my A-Levels
Hero: Freddie Flintoff, Michael Vaughan, Marcus Trescothick
Song you would walk out to bat to: Gimme More by Britney Spears

Simon Ledwith

Simon Ledwith

Date of birth: 30 August 1986
Club: Sussex Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right handed batsman, right-arm medium pace bowler
England debut: Sri Lanka, 2002
Best moment in cricket: Scoring an unbeaten century in 2006 in the domestic league and being selected for the 2002 World Cup squad when I was only 15
Best thing about playing for England: Representing your country at any sport is the greatest feeling
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 5-0 to England
Ambition: To win the World Cup
Occupation: Law student
Hero: Miles Northwood, Phil Taylor and Ronnie O'Sullivan
Song you would walk out to bat to: Spitfire by Prodigy or Wearing my Rolex by Wiley

Miles Northwood

Miles Northwood

Date of Birth: 2 December 1973
Club: Sussex Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right hand batsman, slow right arm bowler
England debut: India, 1998
Best moment in cricket: Winning the Ashes in 2004
Best thing about playing for England: Playing for your country and going to places you would never have gone if it wasn’t for cricket
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 3-2 to England
Ambition: To retain the Ashes and then sail around the world
Occupation: Masseur
Hero: Steve Redgrave
Song you would walk out to bat to: Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf

Jagdish Pata

Jagdish Pata

Date of birth: 12 October 1979
Club: Metro Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right handed batsman, right arm medium pace bowler
England debut: India, 2007
Best moment in cricket: Making my England debut
Best thing about playing for England: Representing my country
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 5-0 to England
Ambition: To beat Australia in the Ashes
Occupation: Student
Hero: Kapil Dev
Song you would walk out to bat to: Bollywood

Dave Powers

Andy Powers

Date of birth: 11 February 1984
Club: Metro Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right handed lower order batsman
England debut: Pakistan, 2005
Best moment in cricket: I really enjoy playing when surrounded by people I can have a good time with - it brings out the best in me
Best thing about playing for England: I get to play with my brother. I made my debut with him on the team and I have not played a game without him out there. Playing for England gives me a great feeling of accomplishment when all the training and effort pays off
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 4-1 or 3-2 to England.
Ambition: I want to win the Ashes and would love to win the World Cup in 2010 which is what we are all working very hard towards
Occupation: I have just graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Motorsport Technology and have taken the last few months out to get ready for the Ashes. When I return from Australia I am going to look for work in the automotive or motorsport industry
Hero: Martin Johnson and Martin Corry. I also admire Sir Clive Woodwood and Muhammad Ali
Song you would walk out to bat to: The Kill by 30 Seconds to Mars or Rooftops by The Lost Prophets

Luke Sugg

Luke Sugg

Date of Birth: 27 September 1989
Club: Warwickshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right handed middle order bat, right arm fast-medium.
England debut: Australia, 2004
Best moment in cricket: Scoring 99 against Sri Lanka in January 2005 - not only because of it being my highest ever score, but I broke my leg only six months earlier
Best thing about playing for England: Not everyone gets to wear the three lions, only the elite few
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: England to win 3-2.
Ambition: To become one of the most successful players in the history of blind cricket.
Occupation: Studying IT at College.
Hero: Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen and Darren Gough
Song you would walk out to bat to: Rooftops by Lost Prophets or Lose Yourself by Eminem

Heindrich Swanapoel

Heindrich Swanepoel

Date of Birth: 8 February 1969
Club: Metro Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Left handed batsman, right arm bowler
England debut: India, 1998
Best moment in cricket: Playing for England
Best thing about playing for England: The team spirit
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: The team that gets the little things right will win
Ambition: To win the World Cup
Occupation: Physiotherapist
Hero: Carl Lewis
Song you would walk out to bat to: Blaze of Glory by Bon Jovi

Mark Turnham

Mark Turnham

Date of Birth: 22 June 1976
Club: Warwickshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right hand bat, slow right arm.
England debut: New Zealand, 2006 (unfortunately it was rained off and my first match was against India in August 2007)
Best moment in cricket: Being picked to go to Pakistan after one training session
Best thing about playing for England: Everything. Being away with the squad at training and tours and the fact I’m playing for my country.
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 4-1 to England
Ambition: To get a regular slot in the top-six
Occupation: Still looking
Hero: Mike Atherton for his gritty determination and concentration
Song you would walk out to bat to: One Step Beyond by Madness

Roy Turnham

Roy Turnham

Date of Birth: 6 February 1985
Club: Warwickshire Visually Impaired Cricket Club
Batting/bowling style: Right-hand bat, right-arm slow bowler.
England debut: West Indies, 2008
Best moment in cricket: Being presented with my first cap and celebrating with the lads after winning the West Indies series
Best thing about playing for England: All of it - from winning matches on the field to spending time with the squad in training and off the field. I just love being a part of it all. Two years ago I couldn’t even walk because of extensive foot surgery which put an end to my contract with UK Athletics. Now I am back representing my country along with a sound group of lads and it feels better than it ever did as an individual athlete
Blind Ashes Series Score Prediction: 3-2 to England.
Ambition: To win the Ashes and to break into the England team as a regular
Occupation: I play drums and sing in bands. I write and perform my own material as a singer/guitarist. I also do some work for the Liverpool voluntary society for the blind and help with an organisation called DAISI UK – an organisation that promotes disability awareness and disability sport development
Hero: Nathan Foy. He is an inspiration to those of us who want to achieve in blind cricket. I’d also add Graham Thorpe and Virender Sehwag. Outside of cricket my heroes are John Bonham from Led Zeppelin and Gianfranco Zola.
Song you would walk out to bat to: Night Prowler by AC/DC or Don’t Fear The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult