Graham Lentell has a visit to Lords in his sights on an upcoming cricket tour in England.
Graham Lentell has a visit to Lords in his sights on an upcoming cricket tour in England.

Lentell out to restore pride



ROCKHAMPTON'S Graham Lentell is hoping to restore some Australian cricket pride against England in July.

Lentell, 28, will join the Australian transplant cricket team in the battle for the David Hookes Trophy in England.

"Hopefully we can right some wrongs of the Australian men's and women's teams from last year,'' Lentell said.

"Anybody that plays any sport would jump at the opportunity to play for their country and it's a chance to play cricket in another country.''

This will be Lentell's first appearance for Australia, with the two nations first meeting in the contest in Sydney and Adelaide during 2004.

A kidney transplant in June 2001 qualified Lentell for selection.

Lentell's sister Samantha donated one of her kidneys.

"We have an extra close bond now,'' Lentell said. "It (transplant) can be a scary process, but I've tried to take a positive approach.''

On the cricket front the allrounder only returned to the field about four years ago and now plays for the Norths Cricket Club.



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