New Zealand men’s national blind cricket team wrapped up a development training camp this weekend. It was one of several camps ahead of a series against Australia in January of the upcoming year. The tour will be the first time in 20 years that New Zealand has hosted the Australians.
The typical day at camp started with breakfast, a 30 to 45 minute walk, and when a 45 minute warm up routine designed to be repeated by players at home. Players would then spend a few hours practicing on the pitch, break for lunch and then train for another three hours. This camp marked divergence from past camps in that specific position skill sets could be focused on, instead of general cricket skills. Players at the camp included Marquele McCaskill.
The national team had their first national team training camp in July of this year. Since that time, player fitness and form has improved dramatically. Because of these improvements, national team coach Donna McCaskill believes that they should have a fighting chance in their series against Australia.