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Williams sees bigger picture

England Physical Disability

England train at the Global Cricket Academy in Dubai which was also the venue for their five matches against Pakistan

England Physical Disabilities captain James Williams hopes to see a growth in the sport following his side's series with Pakistan in Dubai.

The two teams made history in the United Arab Emirates with it being the first international series where both sides were recognised by their own governing body.

Williams believes the tour has raised awareness of disability cricket in England and he hopes more players will see the pathway towards international cricket.

"It's about the bigger picture of promoting cricket," Williams told ecb.co.uk.

"We've been on Sky Sports and the profile of disability cricket in the UK has grown. Some people who did not think there was an opportunity might now know there is a chance to play for England."

While the matches did not go as well as hoped - England lost both the Twenty20 and one-day series - Williams believes the gap between the sides is not as wide as results suggest.

"Pakistan had one or two very good players," he said.

James Williams

Captain James Williams fields from his own bowling during the ODI series with Pakistan when England went down 2-1

"We didn't bat well but we matched them with the ball and were far advanced in the field.

"If we play Pakistan again then we know what we are up against. We all put a lot of effort in over the last fortnight and we've learnt a lot since arriving here.

"I took great pride in our win. The highlight of the tour for me was leading the lads off the pitch after winning that game."

Results aside, the trip has been rated an overwhelming success with the squad embracing the notion of being on tour.

"It's been a fantastic experience," added Williams. "The facilities at the Global Cricket Academy were superb and everyone was so welcoming. It's gone really well.

"We've had a fantastic team spirit throughout. Living in each other's pockets for two weeks creates a real camaraderie. I feel like I have made 20 friends.

"We managed to get out and see some of Dubai on Monday. That was great for the lads to see some of the local culture."