Northants Disability Captain Ollie Barton has been selected to make his England debut for the Physical Disability squad in August against the British Army at Bournville Cricket Club, Birmingham. Ollie Barton said: "I found out I was selected when I was contacted by one of the England coaches. At first I felt overwhelmed and it still hasn’t sunk in. I’m looking forward to being able to represent my country and wearing the three lions on my chest with pride. I’m counting down the days, it can’t come quick enough.”
England Disability Cricket Manager, Ian Martin said: "Ollie is one of a number of players that have earned their place in the England squad through demonstrating their ability in Disability matches and whist playing mainstream club cricket. The on-going work of ECB and the national disability squads is raising the profile of pathways for all cricketers, regardless of disability and is helping us build a bright future for everybody involved in the game."
After a successful first training camp with the England PD squad at Malvern, Ollie has been working hard on the technical points which were raised at the camp with the NCCC coaching staff back at Northants. Ollie has been preparing along with the rest of the Northants Disability squad to face the Warwickshire Bears this week in a Disability County fixture, in which Ollie will captain the side.
When asked about Ollie's call up, Northants Disability Coach Andy Hill said: "It’s a great honour being asked to play for your country, one I believe Ollie has worked extremely hard for. I am over the moon that another one of our players has been selected for the England squads. I believe Ollie will shine, we wish him luck and hope it will be the beginning of something very special for him as well as inspire others across Northamptonshire.”