McGowan has been a mainstay of WA’s Intellectual Disability (ID) cricket scene for years, with numerous State appearances and 200 games for Leeming Spartan to his name.

Despite these triumphs, he has never played for Australia.

This week, McGowan will realise that dream when he pulls on his country’s colours during the International Cricket Inclusion Series in Brisbane.

The series will be held at the National Cricket Campus and see all three of Australia’s national disability squads, the Deaf, Blind and Intellectual Disability (ID), play five T20Is and three ODI matches from June 8-17.

Australia’s National Deaf and National ID Squads will host England, while the Australian National Blind Squad is poised to play New Zealand in a bilateral series for the first time since 2010.


West Aussies gearing up for the 2022 International Cricket Inclusion Series in Brisbane // WA Cricket


Upon learning he had been selected, McGowan experienced a rush of emotion.

“I’m very much over the moon. I was excited, and my parents were shocked when I rang them and told them,” he recalled.

McGowan offers the Aussies a wealth of experience, having spent years fine-tuning the craft of bowling left-arm pace.

His batting has improved, as well, since favouring the tried-and-true method of hitting the ball between mid-off and mid-on.

“I’ve been playing for Leeming for a long time and have a lot of experience,” McGowan said.

“I’m usually a left-arm quick bowler but my batting is getting better and better now. I am hitting straighter and hitting between the ‘V’.”

McGowan will feel a few nerves when he strides to the bowling crease and lines up the old enemy. But he expects those nerves to dissipate quickly when the first contest gets underway.

“It will be good playing against England. I’ll be nervous to start the game, but I know it will get easier.

“They’re quite quick and they’ve got a couple of good batters in their line-up, so we’ll need to play well.”

McGowan thanked the WA Cricket Foundation for providing a pathway for him to continue to grow and improve his game.

“I'd like to thank the Foundation for helping us to play a lot of cricket so we can get better and better all the time”.

He joins seven other West Aussies in Brisbane for the national series. 

National Blind Squad:
Michael Berg (WA/High Wycombe)
Brad Brider (WA/Joondalup)
Ryan Honschooten (WA/Gosnells)
Matt Cameron (WA/Joondalup)

Matt McCarthy © (QLD/Nundah)
Ned Brewer-Maiga (VIC/Greensborough)
Shaun Fitzpatrick (NSW/Prairiewood)
Sean Kendrick (QLD/Westlake)
Nathan Letts (VIC/Brunswick East)
Steffan Nero (NSW/Parramatta)
Steve Obeid (VIC/St Albans)
Vaughan Roles (NSW/North Parramatta)
Oscar Stubbs (NSW/Glenwood)
Lachlan Wallace (SA/Adelaide)
Michael Zannis (SA/Rostrevor)

National Deaf Squad:
David Melling (WA/Melville CC)
Matthew Shenton (WA/Hilton Bicton CC)

Andrew Park © (NSW/Cammeray CC)
Callum Asbury (VIC/Inverloch CC)
Lewis Beard (NSW/Sydney University CC)
Harry Bell (NSW/Gordon CC)
Nick Budden (QLD/Southern Districts CC)
Tyson Hay (VIC/Terang CC)
Justin Morgan (VIC/Heyfield CC)
Shrey Patel (SA/Gaza CC)
Austin Phillip (NSW/Parramatta District CC)
Luke Trudgett (QLD/Kenmore)
Sean Walsh (QLD/Northern Suburbs District CC)
Cameron Wilson (NT/Braitling CC)

Coach: Jason Mathers (VIC/Mt Martha CC)
Assistant Coach: Job van Bunge (WA Cricket)
Team Manager: Chris Ashenden (NSW/Kellyville Ridge CC)

National Intellectual Disability (ID) Squad:
Boyd Duffield (WA/South Perth CC)
Sean McGowan (WA/Leeming Spartan CC)

Haydn Brumm © (QLD/Gold Crest CC)
Craig Blaschke* (TAS/Rokeby CC)
Joel Corbett* (TAS/Old Beach CC)
Jesse Goodman (SA/Enfield United CC)
Gavan Hicks (VIC/Thomson CC)
Zeb Hovington* (TAS/Ulverstone)
Mitchell Lawrence* (VIC/Axe Creek CC)
Lachlan MacRae (VIC/Endeavour Hills CC)
Jamie Phillips (QLD/Runaway Bay CC)
Connor Sheppard (TAS/South Launceston CC)
Patrick Wheeler* (VIC/Kingston Heath CC)
Nat Young* (NSW/South Tamworth CC)


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Matches will be live streamed via Cricket Australia YouTube channel