Best to captain in Under-19 Twenty20s
Paul Best will captain England Under-19 in their two Twenty20 engagements against Sri Lanka Under-19 on August 2 and 3. There are three new additions to England's squad for the games, with Alex Barrow, Adam Rossington and James Thorpe coming in and Michael Bates, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Adam Rouse, Atif Sheikh and Azeem Rafiq left out.
A left-arm spinner, Best captained England Under-19 on their tour of Bangladesh in 2009, and was also in charge of Warwickshire's second eleven that same year. Thorpe, a seam bowler, and Barrow, an opening batsman, are included in an Under-19 squad for the first time.
Rafiq was dropped for "inappropriate conduct" after the first Test - for which he was captain - while Bates is on wicketkeeping duty for Hampshire after Nic Pothas's injury. Bell-Drummond will captain England's Under-17 squad in their limited-overs match against Sri Lanka Under-19 on August 5 at Sleaford Cricket Club, Lincolnshire, ahead of the first ODI between England Under-19 and Sri Lanka Under-19 at Fenner's on August 7.
"This T20 series provides a great opportunity to showcase the young talent in this country against a very good Sri Lanka Under-19 team," said coach Adrian Birrell. "Good performances in these matches and the one day series that follows will provide a crucial platform for those players looking to further progress up the ladder in the national set up."
England Twenty20 squad: Paul Best (capt), Alex Barrow, Adam Ball, Jacob Ball, Matthew Dunn, Lewis Gregory, Ateeq Javid, Jack Manuel, David Payne, Adam Rossington, Joe Root, James Thorpe, Luke Wells