England Physical Disability cricket squad just miss out

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BROMSGROVE cricketer Sam Wyles couldn’t inspire his country to victory in Dubai last month – but he knows they should have returned to England with some silverware.

England’s Physical Disability squad embarked on their second ever international tour as they once again took on Pakistan in T20 and ODI series’ in the UAE.

After winning just one game on their maiden trip in February 2012, England slipped to narrow 2-1 defeats in each series but Wyles believes they were the better side.

The experienced Pakistan outfit were able to grind out the results after England pulled it back to 1-1 in each but Wyles insists, with six first-time tourists in the squad, there’s plenty to be excited about.

“Obviously the results didn’t go our way but everyone stuck together,” said the 24-year-old, who plays his club cricket for Wythall.

“I think it was very similar to last time. Last time we got ourselves into good positions and lost the crucial moments and it was the same this time.

“We probably won 60 or 70 per cent of the games but let ourselves down at crucial times. It is just about keeping our heads and composure when the tough part of the game starts.

“We were our own worst enemy at times. It is obviously still a young team but we have just got to keep going and hopefully move on from here.”

Wyles, who suffers from mild cerebral palsy, is one of the England’s most experienced players despite his age and will help lead them forward this summer.

He knows, having witnessed the benefits of the 2012 tour, how much last month’s experience will help the squad improve and is already relishing to the next tour.

But he will still have to balance international commitments with a new season for club team Wythall and studying sport and exercise science at the University of Derby.

“Touring together is always a tough thing to do and hopefully I can use this experience going forward with the summer,” Wyles added.

“It will be nice to have a couple of days off but it is straight back into it with my club. Fingers crossed we are at the other end of the table this year.

“We have got a good young side so hopefully it all comes together.”

Follow the England Physical Disability squad at www.ecb.co.uk

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