Bendigo teeneger Zac Sheehan Ashes bound in Australian blind cricket team

Zac earns state call up

IT'S the dream of every young Australian cricketer to one day wear the Baggy Green.

For Bendigo teenager Zac Sheehan that ambition has become a reality.

The 18 year-old has won selection in the Australian blind cricket team to contest the 2016 Ashes Championship against England in Adelaide next year.

Sheehan - a self confessed cricket tragic - has his sights set on exacting revenge on the English after the Australian Test teams failure on foreign soil earlier this year.

He said he was rapt to be selected in the national team for the first time.

"Blind cricket is obviously different to normal cricket, so hopefully the town can get behind me and support the team," he said.

"Hopefully we can go across to Adelaide and do better better than the normal boys and win the Ashes.

"It's a good feeling to beat England - we're definitely coming for them."

The all-rounder's selection is reward for his sparkling form last summer for his Melbourne-based club St Paul's and his participation national selection training camps in Brisbane in last week and in July.

Sheehan said the four-team competition, which is based at the Victorian Blind Cricket Association's headquarters at Kooyong, and also at Fawkner Park, was continuing to get stronger every year.

The new season starts on October 10.

Sheehan has a highest domestic competition score of 32. Players in non-Test matches are required to retire at 40.

It has been a busy year on the cricket field for Sheehan.

In January, he travelled to New Zealand as part of a Blind Cricket Australia development squad, which was unbeaten in six matches against the Kiwis.

From December 27 to January 7 he will represent Victoria at the National Blind Cricket Championships.

While cricket will occupy much of time in the lead-up to the Ashes, Sheehan said there was something more pressing that needed attention before then, completing his VCE at Bendigo South Senior Secondary College.

"I have my exams in the next few months, so I am just trying to get through that first," he said.

"Then I can get stuck into the cricket.

"Hopefully I can get to play on the Adelaide Oval during the Ashes."

The Ashes Championships will involve a series of three Twenty20s and five 40 overs per-side matches.

Sheehan is one of four Victorians in the squad and the sole country-based player.