Trott named in Lions squad for SA tour

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The England Lions have named a strong, Yorkshire-dominated squad for the tour to South Africa early next year, and have included England batsman Jonathan Trott as well.

This was Trott’s first ECB call-up since he left the Ashes tour last November due to mental health issues. He has since returned to county cricket and did superbly for Warwickshire near the end of the season.

As for Yorkshire, they are represented by seven players, including number three Gary Ballance, who has taken over Trott’s role in the England side with much success. Fast bowler Liam Plunkett is there too, after his injury worries.

Young players like Sam Billings ad Craig Overton have been given a chance to impress, while fringe players like Boyd Rankin and Samit Patel will hope to impress with a view to a senior recall at some stage.

National Selector, James Whitaker, said: “We believe that the 17 players provisionally included across the two Lions squads for the tour to South Africa in the New Year incorporates an excellent mix of international experience alongside fresh young talent.

“For the likes of Sam Billings, Craig Overton and Adam Riley to be playing alongside Sam Robson, Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow in a Lions tour is an exciting prospect for the future of English cricket, and I am certain that all of the players will learn a great deal from the experience.

“Jonathan Trott’s exceptional form and run scoring exploits for Warwickshire at the end of the summer has resulted in his selection for the First Class fixtures at the beginning of the tour. Congratulations to him and to all of the players selected.”

Four-day Lions squad: Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Sam Billings, Jacky Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Boyd Rankin, Adam Riley, Sam Robson, Jonathan Trott, James Vince.

One-day Lions squad: Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Sam Billings, Jacky Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Craig Overton, Steve Parry, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, James Vince.

Fixtures:

5-7 January – SA Invitational XI v England Lions, three-day match, UJ Soweto Oval, Johannesburg
11-15 January – South Africa A v England Lions, four-day match, Boland Park, Paarl
18-21 January – South Africa A v England Lions, four-day match, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein
25 January – South Africa A v England Lions, 50-over match, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein
28 January – South Africa A v England Lions, 50-over match, Diamond Oval, Kimberley
31 January – South Africa A v England Lions, 50-over match, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
2 February – South Africa A v England Lions, 50-over match, Mamelodi, Pretoria
5 February – South Africa A v England Lions, 50-over match, Sahara Willowmoore Park, Benoni

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