Matt Dean | 2016 Finalist

Led England’s visually-impaired cricketers to Ashes glory

England’s visually-impaired cricketers wrested back the Ashes from Australian hands in the host’s backyard in March - thanks mainly to the heroics of Matt Dean.

The England skipper scored a mammoth 369 runs at an average of 123 as England won the five-match series 4-1 - including a famous victory over their greatest rivals on Australia Day.

That series win didn’t just silence the Australian crowd, it also continued England’s great run against the Aussies across all formats of cricket.

For Matt and his team-mates, though, it gave them another opportunity to consider just how far his team, and visually impaired cricket in general, has come in a relatively short space of time.

“Before my first tours I had to go and give talks to Rotary clubs and rattle buckets at train stations to make sure we could go to World Cups,” he says. “But now that’s all covered by the ECB, so we can just concentrate on our cricket and it’s allowed us to develop our game to the absolute maximum.”

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