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Murtoa’s Mitchell Cutter-Rabl to play cricket for Australia

Mitchell Cutter-Rabl.

Mitchell Cutter-Rabl.

Former Murtoa resident Mitchell Cutter-Rabl will play cricket for Australia after winning selection in a squad bound for the United Kingdom.
Cutter-Rabl is among a 14-player squad preparing for the INAS Tri-Nations Series in Cheshire, England.
The tournament, from July 9 to 23, will bring together the best cricketers with an intellectual disability from Australia, England and South Africa.
The historic tour marks the first time an Australian cricket team comprising players with any type of disability has travelled abroad since Cricket Australia announced the country’s single largest investment in women’s sport and diversity sports programs.
Cutter-Rabl said he looked forward to the experience of travelling to the tournament.
“It’ll be great to pull on the Aussie one-day strip and play with a different bunch of blokes,” he said.
Cutter-Rabl played for Lubeck-Murtoa in Horsham Cricket Association for seven years before moving to Geelong.
He represented Victoria for the first time in the 2016-17 season.
The all-rounder boasts best bowling figures of 4-23 including a hat-trick and a top score of 38 not out.
The Australian side departs for the UK on July 4 and will look to claim back the title it last won in 2009.
After bringing home silverware at the first three editions of the event, Australia finished third in 2011 and runner-up in 2015.
Australia will have two opportunities to claim a title with the three nations to contest separate 40-over and T20 tournaments.
Head coach John Lonergan believes increased professionalism and a targeted approach over the past two years gives his squad every chance of making up significant ground on defending champion England.
“In 2015, the coaching team identified a large gap between the athleticism and fielding ability of England compared with that of the Australian squad,” he said.
“This has been a specific focus right from the start in identifying the initial training squad of 22 players.
“At our training camp at the BUPA National Cricket Centre we called out three key focus areas for this tour. We must enjoy this experience of representing Australia and touring overseas; each individual should strive to be the best cricketer they can be; and finally, we are an elite cricket team representing Australia, so as with Cricket Australia’s overall philosophy we want to be the number-one cricket nation in our respective division.”
Former Australian test and one-day-international cricketer Julien Wiener will join support coaching staff on the tour as a player mentor.
He has worked closely with several members of the squad at the National Cricket Inclusion Championships in Geelong.
“I’ve been so impressed with how excited and proud these guys are to represent their country and how this has positively reflected in their preparation and willingness to learn and get better,” Wiener said. “This is a squad with a strong team-first ethic who are always looking for ways to support their team-mates.”
Australia will open its campaign against England in a 40-over match on July 11.

2017 Australian squad

Gavan Hicks (Captain), VIC
Lachlan MacRae, VIC
Mitchell Cutter Rabl, VIC
Daynah Hopkins, VIC
David Alford, VIC
Brett Wilson, QLD
Haydn Brumm, QLD
Brendan Westlake, QLD
David Baird, QLD
Nicholas McConnell, QLD
Boyd Duffield, WA
Anthony Kalimeris, WA
Luke Goodman, SA
Justin Nilon, TAS

John Lonergan – Head Coach
Nathan Dodd – Assistant Coach
Jo Connolly – Team Manager
Julien Wiener – Coach and player mentor

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