Thursday, July 24th, 2014

New Road To Host England Lions Who Name 13 Strong Squad For Triangular Tournament

England Lions have named a 13 strong squad for the triangular 50 over tournament with New Zealand 'A' – featuring Worcestershire's Colin Munro – and Sri Lanka which includes two matches at New Road.

James Taylor will skipper the Lions who also include in their squad Alex Hales who had a spell on loan this season with Worcestershire from Nottinghamshire.

Middlesex's Ravi Patel is included in a Lions squad for the first time.

The Lions will take on Sri Lanka at New Road on Monday August 11 and then on the following day do battle with New Zealand at the same venue.

The squad will be coached by the ECB’s Technical Director of Elite Coaching Andy Flower.

National Selector James Whitaker said: “With the Royal London One-Day International series against India rapidly approaching and next winter’s tour to Sri Lanka and ICC Cricket World Cup also firmly in our sights, this is the perfect opportunity for these players to impress the selectors in the 50-over format of the game.

“We are delighted to welcome Ravi Patel from Middlesex into a Lions squad for the first time and look forward to what promises to be a closely contested series against two highly competitive touring sides.”

England Lions squad:

James Taylor (Nottinghamshire) captain

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Ravi Bopara (Essex)

Steven Finn (Middlesex)

Stephen Parry (Lancashire)

Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire)

Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)

Craig Overton (Somerset)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Ravi Patel (Middlesex)

Tom Smith (Lancashire)

James Vince (Hampshire)

David Willey (Northamptonshire)

Coach: Andy Flower

Triangular Series schedule:

Tuesday August 5: New Zealand ‘A’ v Sri Lanka ‘A’ – Taunton

Wednesday August 6: England Lions v Sri Lanka ‘A’ – Taunton

Friday August 8: England Lions v New Zealand ‘A’ – Bristol

Saturday August 9: New Zealand ‘A’ v Sri Lanka ‘A’ – Bristol

Monday August 11: England Lions v Sri Lanka ‘A’ – Worcester

Tuesday August 12: England Lions v New Zealand ‘A’ – Worcester