Fisher back to captain England U-19s
Yorkshire fast bowler Matthew Fisher is set to make his comeback after an injury-plagued year having been named captain of England Under-19s for their tour of India. England will be led by Fisher in five one-dayers in January and February, followed by two four-day matches when Middlesex's Max Holden will take charge.
Fisher first played for England U-19s as a 15-year-old in 2013, having become the youngest post-war cricketer when selected for Yorkshire in a 40-over match the same summer. His Championship debut came two years later but he did not manage a first-team appearance in 2016 after suffering a hamstring problem early in the season.
The England squad contains 10 uncapped players, four of whom were not involved in the Young Lions December training camp in Dubai: Nottinghamshire's Liam Patterson-White and Somerset's Louie Shaw, who are both left-arm spinners, and seamers Henry Brookes of Warwickshire, and Jack Bruce of Middlesex. Six players - Amar Virdi, George Scrimshaw, Ed Barnes, Josh Coughlin, Ben Green and George Panayi - have been ruled out by injury.
Among the new faces is Sussex's left-arm spinning allrounder Delray Rawlins, who was born in Bermuda but qualifies for England on residency. Rawlins made his Bermuda debut at the age of 15, playing in ICC WCL Division Three in 2013.
David Graveney, the Under-19s chairman of selectors, said: "Touring India at any level is challenging, as the senior England team would confirm. But that is why it is so valuable to be able to expose our best young players to these challenges at Under-19 level.
"We expect the India team to be very strong, as they showed in the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year and again in the Asia Cup, under the supervision of Rahul Dravid. So this is a huge opportunity for the 15 players who have been selected, especially with a return series against India at home next summer.
"It is a major boost to have the ability and experience of Matthew Fisher back in the squad. He was a key figure in England's success in the 2014 Under-19 World Cup in Dubai, and after he was affected by injuries in the 2016 summer this is a good opportunity for him to test himself against his contemporaries in different conditions in India."
Andy Hurry, the Young Lions head coach, will take charge of the tour to India, which will see the one-day games played in Mumbai before moving on to Chennai for the four-day fixtures. England batting coach Mark Ramprakash, Sussex's Jon Lewis and ECB spin-bowling coach Peter Such will make up the backroom staff.
England Under-19s squad: Matthew Fisher (one-day capt), Max Holden (four-day capt), Harry Brook, George Bartlett, Euan Woods, Will Jacks, Delray Rawlins, Ollie Pope, Tom Banton, Liam Patterson-White, Louie Shaw, Aaron Beard, Jack Blatherwick, Henry Brookes, Jack Bruce