Worcestershire CCC batsman Jack Haynes has been included in the England Under-19 squad for the 50 over Tri-Series against the West Indies Under-19s and Sri Lanka Under-19s in the Caribbean during November and December.
Academy product Haynes will be looking to stake his claim for a spot with the Young Lions in the ICC Under-19 World Cup which takes place in South Africa in January and February 2020.
The 18-year-old made his senior breakthrough for Worcestershire during the latter end of the season which has just ended.
His debut came in the tour game against Australia at Blackfinch New Road and he appeared in four Specsavers County Championship matches versus Northamptonshire, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Sussex.
Haynes made his England Under-19 debut – alongside County paceman Adam Finch – last summer against South Africa and also appeared in this summer’s Tri-Series against Bangladesh and India.
A 16-strong squad has been selected and the series is the last competitive test for the young players before the ICC U19 World Cup.
England Under-19 Head Coach, Jon Lewis, said: “With the World Cup on the horizon, this is our last opportunity to assess our squad and decide which 15 players to take with us to South Africa.
“We’ve also taken this opportunity to look at some players who are relatively untested at this level and have the chance to force their way into our World Cup squad.
“Nearly half the squad managed to secure county first team appearances this summer. Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire), Jack Haynes (Worcestershire), Jordan Cox (Kent), Dan Mousley (Warwickshire), Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire), Joey Evison (Nottinghamshire) and Tom Clark (Sussex) all had fantastic development experiences at the next level.
“These experiences are a major step forward on their journey and will help them understand the levels they need to achieve to be successful professional cricketers.
“West Indies and Sri Lanka are both countries with fantastic cricketing pedigrees and cultures, so we’re sure to experience strong and diverse challenges ahead of our main objective after Christmas.”
Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell will join the coaching team this winter as batting coach, with former Hampshire wicketkeeper Nic Pothas coming in as fielding coach.
Lewis added: “I’m delighted to welcome Ian and Nic to the team for our two tours this winter. After a thorough and open recruitment process we decided that both coaches were exactly the right fit for the team and the programme at this point in time.
“The experience they have can only add value to the programme over the short period of time we have with the players.
“Ian is one of his generation’s highest run scorers, whose knowledge and experience of playing under pressure at the highest levels, including multiple World Cups is a brilliant resource for the players to tap into and something that is not always available to them at county level.
“Nic has great experience in international coaching with West Indies and Sri Lanka and is a native of Highveld in South Africa, making him an ideal candidate to fill gaps in our knowledge of our opponents and the conditions we are going to play in.
“Alongside that he is a brilliant fielding and wicketkeeping coach and I expect him to make an impact on our skill execution in the field, an area I am very keen to improve with this group of players. As we saw during the final moments of the Summer’s World Cup, it’s an area that can make the difference between winning and losing trophies.”.
The England squad is:
George Balderson (Lancashire) captain
Kasey Aldridge (Somerset)
Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire)
Tom Clark (Sussex)
Jordan Cox (Kent)
Blake Cullen (Middlesex)
Scott Currie (Hampshire)
Harry Duke (Yorkshire)
Joey Evison (Nottinghamshire)
Lewis Goldsworthy (Somerset)
Jack Haynes (Worcestershire)
George Hill (Yorkshire)
Luke Hollman (Middlesex)
Dan Mousley (Warwickshire)
Hamidullah Qadri (Kent)
Sam Young (Somerset)
Sun 1 December: Warm up game v Antigua XI – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Tue 3 December: Warm up game v Antigua XI – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Fri 6 December: ODI v Sri Lanka U19 – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Mon 9 December: ODI v West Indies U19 – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Thu 12 December: ODI v Sri Lanka U19 – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Fri 13 December: ODI v West Indies U19 – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
Tue 17 December: ODI v Sri Lanka U19 – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
Thu 19 December: ODI v West Indies U19 – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
Sat 21 December: Tri-Series Final – Venue TBC