Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Clarke Waiting On Lions Squad News For Tour Of Sri Lanka

Joe Clarke has returned home with the England Lions – and is now waiting to see if he will be selected for their second half of the winter programme.

The Worcestershire batsman was part of the Lions side which enjoyed a 100% success rate in three ODIs against the UAE in Dubai and the four-day match with Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.

National Selector James Whitaker and the other England selectors will now finalise the Lions squad for a five week trip to Sri Lanka in February-March.

The tour will include two four-day games and five one-day matches against Sri Lanka 'A'.

Clarke was part of the Lions squad which did battle with Sri Lanka 'A' – and Pakistan 'A' – in last summer's Tri-Series in which they came out on top.

The 20-year-old has experienced mixed fortunes in UAE during the past two weeks.

He had a top score of 42 in the third ODI against UAE – in which he also kept wicket – but managed only 0 and 1 in the Afghanistan clash.

Meanwhile, Worcestershire Academy player Josh Dell made 22 in a practice match for the Young Lions in Dubai.

County paceman George Scrimshaw is also part of the Young Lions squad but did not feature in the warm-up encounter.

The Young Lions will fly home on December 21 and then a squad will be announced for two Tests and three ODIs against India Under-19s in February.