Roy named in Lions four-day squad to face Pakistan A

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The England Lions squad for the tour of the UAE has been named.The team will take part in one four-day ‘Test’ versus Pakistan A, as well as five A team ‘ODIs’ and two A Team ‘IT20s’ against the same opposition.

Kent’s Sam Billings – fresh from captaining his county to promotion in the Specsavers County Championship – is named in the four-day squad, while there are also call-ups for Surrey’s Jason Roy and Durham’s Mark Wood.

Roy has played 65 ODIS and 31 T20Is for England but has yet to make a Test appearance for his country. With England struggling to find openers this could be a golden opportunity for Roy to press for inclusion in the ultimate format.

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England Lions squad confirmed for UAE tour

Worcestershire’s Josh Tongue has been named as part of the four-day squad, subject to medical clearance following an injury he picked up in the current round of County Championship games.

Billings, Roy, Tongue and Amar Virdi will swap out ahead of the white-ball leg of the tour, to be replaced by Alex Davies, Lewis Gregory, Sam Hain and Saqib Mahmood.

Four-Day squad

Dom Bess (Somerset)
Sam Billings (Kent)
Joe Clarke (Worcestershire)
Nick Gubbins (Middlesex)
Max Holden (Middlesex)
Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire)
Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
Craig Overton (Somerset)
Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)
Jamie Porter (Essex)
Jason Roy (Surrey)
Josh Tongue (Worcestershire) *Subject to medical clearance
Amar Virdi (Surrey)
Mark Wood (Durham)

50-over and T20 squad

Dom Bess (Somerset)
Joe Clarke (Worcestershire)
Alex Davies (Lancashire)
Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
Nick Gubbins (Middlesex)
Sam Hain (Warwickshire)
Max Holden (Middlesex)
Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire)
Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
Craig Overton (Somerset)
Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)
Jamie Porter (Essex)
Mark Wood (Durham)

England Lions schedule

November 18-21: Four-day match v Pakistan A, Abu Dhabi

November 25: First 50-over match v Pakistan A, Dubai

November 27: Second 50-over match v Pakistan A, Dubai

November 29: Third 50-over match v Pakistan A, Abu Dhabi

December 2: Fourth 50-over match v Pakistan A, Abu Dhabi

December 5: Fifth 50-over match v Pakistan A, Dubai

December 7: First T20 v Pakistan A, Abu Dhabi

December 8: Second T20 v Pakistan A, Abu Dhabi

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