Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

County Paceman Tongue Ruled Out Of Lions Tour Of West Indies

Josh Tongue has been ruled out of the England Lions winter tour of the West Indies through injury.

The Worcestershire paceman aggravated an ankle problem during the pre-Christmas Lions training camp in Australia.

He is to see a consultant next Wednesday about the setback.

Tongue had been selected for the four-day section on the trip to the Caribbean and will be replaced by Somerset off spinner Dominic Bess.

His County colleague Joe Clarke remains a part of the squad.

The Lions will hold a training camp at the Desert Springs Resort in Spain from January 20-25 ahead of their departure on January 31 for Jamaica.

There they will play a three-day warm-up match at Sabina Park ahead of four-day matches at Trelawny and Sabina Park, before switching to Antigua for the third four-day match against West Indies A followed by the one-day series.

Amended Lions squads:

For whole tour: K Jennings (Lancashire, capt), J Clarke (Worcestershire), L Livingstone (Lancashire), S Curran (Surrey), J Porter (Essex), P Coughlin (Nottinghamshire), S Mahmood (Lancashire), N Gubbins (Middlesex), A Davies (Lancashire, wk), D Bess (Somerset).

Red-ball only: H Hameed (Lancashire), D Lawrence (Essex), B Foakes (Surrey, wk), T Roland-Jones (Middlesex), J Leach (Somerset), M Crane (Hampshire).

White-ball only: S Northeast (Kent), L Dawson (Hampshire), T Helm (Middlesex), G Garton (Sussex), M Parkinson (Lancashire).

February 5-7: Tour Match – Sabina Park, Jamaica

February 11-14 – v West Indies A – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica

February 18-21 – v West Indies A – Sabina Park, Jamaica

February 26 – March 1 – v West Indies A – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 4: Tour Match – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 6 – v West Indies A – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 9 – v West Indies A – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 11 – v West Indies A – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua


Meanwhile Worcestershire paceman George Scrimshaw is part of the ECB Pace Programme this winter.

Those selected are taking part in a three-day get together at Loughborough this week and for the following two weeks.

Scrimshaw and Co will fly out to Potchefstroom on January 25 for a two week warm weather training camp.

They will then reconvene on February 27 for another warm weather training camp in Desert Springs, Spain.