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Basingstoke cricketer Dan Reynaldo reflects on touring with England Physical Disability squad
BASINGSTOKE cricketer Dan Reynaldo is urging his England teammates to learn from their mistakes after suffering a second successive tour loss at the hands of Pakistan last month.
The 18-year-old off-spinner was part of a 15-strong England Physical Disability squad in Dubai last month for a six-match Twenty20 and One Day International series with Pakistan.
And, although Reynaldo and England put up a strong fight at the ICC Global Cricket Academy, they ultimately left with a sour taste in their mouths as they lost both series’ 2-1.
Despite losing 4-2 overall, it was still an improvement on their maiden tour to Dubai to play Pakistan in 2012 when England’s squad, which included Reynaldo, arrived home having suffered a 4-1 defeat.
However this was of little consolation to Reynaldo, who insists he and his teammates should have had more to show for their efforts in the United Arab Emirates.
“The whole tour was great, obviously it would have been better having finished with a series win but we couldn’t quite manage it,” said the Reading University student.
“All three of the Twenty20s were really close but similar to last time when we played Pakistan, they took themselves over the edge while we couldn’t.
“We feel like we should have won more games than we actually did and we left a lot of scores out there which was frustrating.
“But we are still a relatively young bunch of guys and a young team so I am sure we will learn from this and we have to if we want to improve.
“We have shown what we can do and this is only our second tour so I am sure that we have plenty we can build on and that is exciting.”
England were in with a shout of winning both the Twenty20 and One Day International series’ – pulling level at 1-1 in each before losing the deciding match.
And Reynaldo is adamant with fellow teenager Alex Hammond scoring two half-centuries on the tour England have a player that they can build the team around.
“The one player that stood out for me on the tour was one of the six new guys and that was Alex Hammond,” he added.
“I had played with him before and I knew he had talent and it was great to see him take it onto the international stage.
“He got a couple of 50s and he showed what he is capable of in international cricket and he now knows all the pressure that come with it so he should push on.”
Follow the England Physical Disability squad at ecb.co.uk.
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