Under-19 tour includes five ODIs in preparation for next year’s World Cup
England have named a clutch of youngsters with county experience in a Young Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka later this month.
The Under-19 tour will include five ODIs and is key to preparations for the ICC Mens’ Under-19 World Cup, which starts in the Caribbean in January.
England’s 19-man squad will arrive in Sri Lanka on November 22, with all five matches being played in a bio-secure environment at Colombo’s Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground. The squad is largely the same as the one which defeated West Indies Under-19s 4-2 in their ODI series, in September but with Worcestershire’s Josh Baker, Yorkshire’s Ben Cliff and Harry Crawshaw, of Durham, coming in for Archie Lenham and Harry Petrie.
Richard Dawson, the Young Lions head coach, said: “It’s a great opportunity for our squad to experience touring the sub-continent. It will give them a chance to play in a pressurised environment against their international peers in unfamiliar conditions.
“This trip is an integral part of their future development and will also provide good preparation leading into the ICC Men’s U19s World Cup.”
Young Lions squad: Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire), Tom Aspinwall (Lancashire), Josh Baker (Worcestershire), Sonny Baker (Somerset), Nathan Barnwell (Surrey), George Bell (Lancashire), Jacob Bethell (Warwickshire), Josh Boyden (Lancashire), Ben Cliff (Yorkshire), James Coles (Sussex), Harry Crawshaw (Durham), Alex Horton (Glamorgan), Dan Ibrahim (Sussex), Will Luxton (Yorkshire), Tom Prest (Hampshire), James Rew (Somerset), James Sales (Northamptonshire), Fateh Singh (Nottinghamshire), George Thomas (Somerset)