We are delighted to announce that all-rounder David Willey has been included in the 13-man England Lions squad for August.
The 24 year-old made a strong start to the NatWest T20 Blast tournament this season, as he hit a brilliant 95 against Leicestershire Foxes here at the County Ground. David has scored 263 runs in the NatWest T20 Blast this season, at an average of 23.9. Willey has also hit two half centuries in the LV= County Championship, and as he returned to bowling after a stress fracture in his back, has taken 10 wickets in all competitions.
The 13-man squad will be captained by Nottinghamshire’s James Taylor for the forthcoming series against New Zealand ‘A’ and Sri Lanka ‘A’ next month.
The squad, which will be coached by the ECB’s Technical Director of Elite Coaching Andy Flower, will play two 50-over matches against each of the touring teams as part of a triangular series.
Commenting on the squad, 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.”
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