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Australian blind cricketer emulates Bradman after recording an average of 523 while scoring 309

Australian cricketer emulates Bradman after recording an average of 523 while scoring 309 on just 140 balls – but there’s one big difference between him and the Don: he’s BLIND

  • Blind Aussie batsman Steffan Nero has thrashed a triple ton of 140 deliveries
  • Nero is the eighth Australian to score more than 300 with the willow
  • Blind Cricket World Cup to be played in India between 10 countries later this year

Australian batsman Steffan Nero smoked 309 of 140 pitches against New Zealand in the International Inclusion Series in Brisbane – averaging a whopping 523 over three games.

The hosts won by a massive 270 runs thanks to Nero’s incredible three-hour stint in the fold.

The Inclusion series returned for the first time since Covid-19 and three squads were selected to play eight games each, with the Aussie deaf and mentally challenged sides taking on England, and the blind outfit to take on New’s ‘blind caps’ Zealand to play.

Steffan Nero single-handedly scored New Zealand's 'blind caps' in the first ODI of the International Inclusion series, with 309 out of 140 deliveries

Steffan Nero single-handedly scored New Zealand’s ‘blind caps’ in the first ODI of the International Inclusion series, with 309 out of 140 deliveries

Nero raced to the triple barrel with 49 fours and a six, scoring more than half of the Australian runs in their total of 2/542 on 40 overs.

The batsman keeper suffers from congenital nystagmus, a visual impairment that delays a clear message between the eyes and the brain.

His monster innings weren’t uncommon either – he scored 113 (46) and 101 (47) not out in the two T20 games leading up to the first ODI.

Nero’s score has broken the previous record of Pakistani Masood Jan, who scored 262 against South Africa 24 years ago at the 1998 Blind Cricket World Cup.

Nero leaves his crease after knocking out his signature sweep, a staple in blind cricket

Nero leaves his crease after knocking out his signature sweep, a staple in blind cricket

After his three innings, Nero has logged a remarkable 523 average, which he attributes to one particular shot.

“Usually I pull out the reverse sweep right away, but the ball also spun a bit, so I tried to resist the urge to get aggressive,” Nero told Australian captain Meg Lanning.

‘For any good-sighted cricketer it’s hard to skip so many, for blind cricketers we use so much more energy to concentrate – the brilliance becomes a big factor too.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet, but as the days and weeks go by I think I will realize what an achievement it is.”

If Nero’s average isn’t enough to amaze you, his strike rate stands at 224.5, almost a run per ball more than former Big Bash power hitter Chris Lynn.

Nero’s knock puts his name around some of Australia’s best batsman such as David Warner, Michael Clarke and Mark Taylor.

He will become the eighth Australian to score 300 and hopes to keep points on the board in future series against Pakistan and India.

Nero raises his bat to his Australian teammates after logging for another century.  He scored 523 runs in three innings, two of which were not out

Nero raises his bat to his Australian teammates after logging for another century. He scored 523 runs in three innings, two of which were not out

Ten countries are actively playing blind cricket, with a World Cup in India later this year to decipher which country is at the top.

The ball has been modified from the normal hard cork and leather casing to a sturdy plastic number that rattles as it moves.

The team of 11 consists of three categories of low vision levels, namely B1 players (who are considered completely blind), B2 players (those with five degrees or less vision) and B3 players (up to 20 degrees vision).

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