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Duke provides opportunity to impress

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England’s top performing disabled cricketers have an extra incentive to impress this summer.

The England Physical Disability side are due to play a prestigious fixture against the Duke of Norfolk’s XI at Arundel Castle on 2 August.

For the first time, the Duke’s side will be an invitational team of disabled cricketers.

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England's top disability players have a unique opportunity to represent the Duke of Norfolk's XI at Arundel Castle © Getty Images

Star players from the England Learning Disability and Deaf squads will feature in the Duke’s XI alongside the leading players in regionalised inter-county cricket, which is for learning and physical disability cricketers.

“This is a coup for the disabled game,” said National Disability Manager, Ian Martin.

“It is the first time that the Duke of Norfolk has permitted such a team to represent him.

Martin hopes the leading domestic learning disability and physical disability players currently outside the England squad will grab this chance to press their claim for international recognition.

“We are looking to give the most consistent performers in the inter-county fixtures an opportunity to push their case for higher recognition. The Duke’s XI will be captained by former Sussex Captain John Barclay and an opportunity to play at the beautiful Arundel Castle ground is one not to be missed.”

The match at Arundel serves a dual purpose with the England Physical Disability squad preparing for their tour against Pakistan which will be in Dubai in February.