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Blind teen cricketer Sean Kendrick hopeful of 'great honour' to play for Australia

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Teenager Sean Kendrick is on the cusp of being possibly the youngest blind cricketer to represent Australia, with the 15-year-old playing for Queensland at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships (NCIC) in Geelong, in Victoria, next week.

A good performance there could see Sean picked in the Australia side that will tour England later this year.

"I'd beat Naseem Shah's record for the youngest kid to ever play cricket for Australia, or any team in the world, which would be cool," he said.

The only difference — Sean is blind and plays blind cricket — a sport he only took up two years ago.

"Originally, I tried a tryout at the Gabba and I liked it and ever since then I was like 'Mum, come on I want to go, I want to see what it's like for a batter'," he said.

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Sean Kendrick receiving his Queensland cricket cap at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.(

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Sean was born with bilateral anophthalmia, a rare condition that meant he was born without eyes.

But his mother Melissa Kendrick said that had not stopped him from seeking out his dreams.

"He also has participated in some triathlons," she said.

"He actually has a guide who trains with him and does running programs as well with him for his running."

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Sean Kendrick (right) taking part in a running event in NSW.(

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Sean also trains regularly with his father.

"His dad does all the training on that part," Ms Kendrick said.

"He quite regularly takes him to the local cricket nets and they do a lot of practice and drills.

"They also have training sessions during the week as well, especially close to competitions."

'It would just be a great honour'

Sean said he had been working on his game in preparation for the NCIC.

"My favourite is batting — I love just getting in the nets and feeling that bat on ball," he said.

"Over the past six months I've changed my handgrips and changed everything to a new technique.

"Only five days ago I changed my handgrip back to what I had it 12 months ago and I can actually get the ball to swing."

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His hard work could pay off if he performs well in the NCIC and is picked in the Australian blind squad that will tour England.

"It would just be a great honour, great pride," Kendrick said.

Ms Kendrick said her whole family was proud of what Sean had achieved.

"I'd love to see England — my husband and I were hopefully both planning to go with him if that does happen."

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'Such a unique opportunity'

The NCIC is an annual event that showcased the skills of cricketers with a disability.

Three Queensland teams will take part in this year's event — the blind and low-vision XI, deaf and hard of hearing XI, and a team for cricketers with an intellectual disability.

Glenn Dennis, the participations programs manager with Queensland Cricket, said for the first time the players did not have to pay their own way, with Queensland Cricket to cover the cost.

"We've been really lucky to have the support of our board and executive to make a real investment in inclusion and diversity in Queensland this year and fully fund the tournament for the first time ever, which is an excellent achievement," he said.

"In any instance, the opportunity to represent your state and play at the highest level and play a sport that you love, is such a unique opportunity.

Sean also admitted to being a cricket nut.

"I'm a bit annoyed that Smithy didn't score a century this summer — I'm always supportive of him and the emergence of Marnus Labuschagne, who Shane Warne keeps saying is just amazing," he said.

"I listen to ABC Grandstand and my favourite commentator is still Andrew Moore."


Source: ABC

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