Walton ready to deliver for PDs
Gareth Walton hopes to return from injury and lead England Physical Disabilities to their first win over Pakistan since the squad arrived in Dubai.
There was some good news today, however, when Walton bowled off his full run-up in training and, barring any reaction, he could be named in the side for tomorrow's second one-dayer.
"Training went well today," Walton told ecb.co.uk.
"Hopefully I can make my debut tomorrow. I'm sure I'll be nervous and excited. I don't want to be complacent and think I'll take five wickets but it's important I keep focused. It'll be a proud moment though."
Walton's injury has slightly dampened his first experience as an England cricketer, but the 23-year-old has maintained a positive outlook despite missing all three games.
"It's been tough," he admitted. "I did so much hard work before I came out here - seven days a week - then got injured on the first day.
"I just had to get on with it. Injuries are part of the game and it wouldn't have helped if I was moping around in the dressing room.
"It's been a learning experience for all of us. We are a young squad that have only been together for 17 months. The Pakistan squad are a lot more experienced than we are.
"Four of our lads are under 18 and for some of us it's their first time away from home. I've never been on a cricket tour before and here I am playing for England."
If chosen to play at the Global Cricket Academy tomorrow, Walton is in no doubt about what he needs to do.
"We need to bowl better lengths," he said. "We bowled too full the other day and their two centurions sprayed us all over the field."