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Australian men’s blind cricket team arrives in South Africa ahead of World Cup

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With the men’s blind cricket 4th One Day International World Cup scheduled to get underway on Thursday, the Australian team and its supporters have arrived in  Cape Town, South Africa after making connecting flights from Johannesburg. The roster includes Bradley Brider from Western Australian.  Brider is a multi-sport athlete who also plays goalball. Twenty-six year old Mark Haskett is another member of the team.  Originally from Fiji before being adopted, Haskett is also the captain of the South Australian team.



England was the first team to arrive, having flown in in Saturday. Bangladesh is scheduled to arrive today, after departing around the same time as the Australian squad. The South African team arrived yesterday, after taking a bus down to Cape Town. The Australian and Pakistani delegations did a pitch inspection yesterday at the Western Province Cricket Club fields. Before the competition gets underway, the World Blind Cricket Council AGM is scheduled to take place.


Thursday’s opening day schedule features Australia playing Sri Lanka, Bangladesh facing off against South Africa, and England meeting Pakistan.  India has a bye. Group play continues daily except for Sunday until Saturday December 6 and Sunday December 7, when the placement matches will be played


Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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