Meet the England Men's Deaf Squad

Get to know your England Men's Deaf Team!

England Men's Deaf Captain, George Greenway.

George Greenway

Role: All-rounder, captain

County/DPL: Devon, Hawks

Carpenter George is one of England’s most experienced players. He made his international debut in 2011, with solid middle-order batting and medium-fast bowling helping him to become an indispensable part of the squad. This is his first home series as captain. He was runner-up in the 2023 Deaf Sports Personality of the Year award.


England Men's Deaf Vice-Captain, Josh Price.

Josh Price

Role: All-rounder, vice-captain

County/DPL: Surrey, Black Cats

A talented all-rounder that puts fear into the opposition with excellent top-order batting, Josh is looking to build on his success in 2022 when he won the Ashes Player of the Series in Australia. In the same year, he was also named Disability Cricketer of the Year. Away from cricket, Josh is an inspirational figure: he works as a teacher, driving forward the next generation with hope and care.


England Men's Deaf all-rounder, Stephen George.

Stephen George

Role: All-rounder

County/DPL: Devon, Pirates

It’s now 10 years since Stephen was named England Disability Cricketer of the Year and 20 years since he made his international debut, but he remains a potent force at the top level. Capable of batting, bowling, fielding, and even wicket-keeping, he is the ultimate all-rounder.


England Men's Deaf all-rounder, Henry Wainman

Henry Wainman

Role: All-rounder

County/DPL: Yorkshire, Hawks

If you’re looking for spectacular contributions, Henry’s your man. Famed for his powerful, boundary-hitting strikes from the top order, he has been part of the England set up since 2012 and remains a crucial part of the current squad.


England Men's Deaf bowling all-rounder, Jake Oakes.

Jake Oakes

Role: Bowling all-rounder

County/DPL: Middlesex, Pirates

Jake first represented England 13 years ago, with his right-arm medium deliveries immediately catching the year. He doesn’t hang around at the crease, either. In the 2023 DPL campaign, he recorded a strike-rate of 200. Jake works alongside the team’s interpreter, Sula Gleeson, to teach and translate British Sign Language.


England Men's Deaf bowler, James Dixon.

James Dixon

Role: Bowler

County/DPL: Lancashire, Black Cats

James’s medium-fast bowling makes him a key offensive weapon as England plot their way to success. Away from cricket, James is completely sports mad. He is a season ticket holder at Blackburn Rovers, an events officer and sports coach for an organisation that supports SEND schools, and was a torchbearer at London 2012.


England Men's Deaf batter, Umesh Valjee.

Umesh Valjee

Role: Batter

County/DPL: Middlesex, Tridents

Umesh is an inspiration to everyone, showing that age is no barrier – even at the very top level of sport. Now aged 54, he continues to impress in both DPL and international fixtures. He made his England Deaf debut a remarkable 32 years ago, when he faced Australia in 1992. Umesh was awarded an MBE in 2011.


England Men's Deaf bowler, Nathan Caddell.

Nathan Caddell

Role: Bowler

County/DPL: Middlesex, Black Cats

Now in his eighth year representing his country, Nathan continues to impress with accurate medium-fast bowling that restricts the opposition. Away from the pitch, expect to find him spending time with best friend Matt Bailey.


England Men's Deaf bowler, Matt Bailey.

Matt Bailey

Role:  Bowler

County/DPL: Shropshire, Tridents

Matt was marked out for success from an early age. When most teenagers were preoccupied with exams, he was preparing for his full international debut – which came when he was just 15 years old. His left-arm medium-fast bowling is guaranteed to keep opposition players alert at the crease.


England Men's Deaf bowler, Farooq Mohammad.

Farooq Mohammad

Role: Bowler

County/DPL: Middlesex, Hawks

One of the group’s most experienced and senior players, Farooq has almost two decades of top-level knowledge to call upon. He made his England debut in 2005 and is one of only a handful of players in the current squad that were born profoundly deaf. Expect him to open the bowling with menace and precision.


England Men's Deaf all-rounder, Joel Harris.

Joel Harris

Role: All-rounder

County/DPL: Lancashire, Tridents

Joel lives and breathes cricket. When he’s not showing his skills for Lancashire, Tridents, or England, he spends his time working as a customer service assistant at his local cricket shop. He made his England debut in 2010 and brings consistency to every aspect of the team’s play.


England Men's Deaf bowler, James O'Connor.

James O’Connor

Role: Bowler

County/DPL: Yorkshire, Black Cats

Off-break bowler James is captain of the Yorkshire Deaf cricket team. He has impressed with his county and with Black Cats, becoming one of three uncapped players to get called up to the England Deaf squad in 2024. James was born and raised in Australia, but has found a new home in Yorkshire.


England Men's Deaf batting all-rounder, James Schofield.

James Schofield

Role: Batting all-rounder

County/DPL: Wales, N/A

Teacher James played a key role in England’s recent Ashes victory and continues to impress during outings with Cheltenham CC. He balances the demands of top-level cricket with his day job as a teacher.


England Men's Deaf batter, Cameron Sweeney (left).

Cameron Sweeney

Role: Batter

County/DPL: Yorkshire, Pirates

Cameron is a talented athlete whose skills extend beyond cricket. He is goalkeeper for the Sunderland Deaf football team, but it’s with bat in hand that his true sporting prowess comes to the fore. One of three uncapped players in this squad, he is more than capable of finding the boundary with a range of powerful strikes.


England Men's Deaf bowler, Luke Riley.

Luke Riley

Role: Bowler

County/DPL: Yorkshire, Tridents

Luke Riley was first introduced to the England Deaf squad in 2022. His medium bowling offers more than enough threat to keep batsmen on their toes. Expect him to push hard to make an international breakthrough in 2024.