Hamish McKenzie of Australia bats

Hamish McKenzie of Australia bats

Of all the sports I could think of, cricket is probably the least likely I would choose to play blindfolded.

It stands as a testament to the great Australian commitment to sport that there has been a Blind Cricket Association since 1922 when returned WWI veterans decided that they could still play Рdespite sight loss from war injuries Рand fashioned a ball out of a tin can with rocks placed inside so they could hear, rather than see, the ball.

The fist interstate match was played in 1928 between Vic and NSW in Sydney with a return call played the next year in Melbourne.

Today the audible ball is a little more sophisticated with a similar shape, weight and size as a conventional cricket ball. The game is played in all states and there is currently the biennial championships being played in Adelaide as I write.

It is the only sport aside from the Paralympics for which a person with disability can represent Australia internationally. Talent scouts are at the championships right now scanning for future members of the Australian team that play in England, India and Sri Lanka.

Everyone is watching the cricket now and feeling proud of being Australian, but I think that the guys playing with the audible ball say a lot more about what is truly remarkable about the Australian spirit.