Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Clarke Waiting On Lions Squad News For Tour Of Sri Lanka

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.