England news December 16, 2011

James Taylor to captain England Lions

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James Taylor, the Nottinghamshire batsman, will captain England Lions on their tour of Bangladesh in January and Tymal Mills, the Essex pace bowler, has earned his first Lions call up.

The 16-man squad includes a number of players, including Taylor, who have already played for the full England side. Jonny Bairstow, Scott Brothwick, Stuart Meaker, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales were all part of the one-day series against India during October.

Mills, 19, is a left-arm quick who has been fast-tracked into the Lions set up after just four first-class matches for Essex but has already caught the attention of the selectors with his natural pace.

The tour, which includes five one-day games and two Twenty20s against Bangladesh A, is geared towards equipping England's young players with the skills to succeed on the subcontinent; both in terms of playing and bowling spin. Alongside Borthwick, the Durham legspinner, Simon Kerrigan from Lancashire and Hampshire's Danny Briggs are included. Last season Kerrigan took 9 for 51 against Hampshire in the County Championship.

Jason Roy and Tom Maynard, the Surrey pair, are among the batsman making the trip as is Yorkshire's Joe Root. All the players selected are currently involved in the performance programme squad, with the batsmen and spinners at a training camp in India while the quick bowlers are in South Africa. Boyd Rankin, the Ireland and Warwickshire fast bowler, will join the Lions tour after playing for the ICC Associates and Affiliates team against England in Dubai.

David Parsons, the performance director, said: "We have selected a young squad for this tour which is in line with our strategy of looking ahead to the 2015 World Cup and identifying and working with players who may be able to go on and play a role for England in the future.

"These players have worked extremely hard over the last couple of months with a strong focus on limited-overs cricket," he added. "This tour presents a good opportunity for these players to continue to develop their skills in subcontinent conditions on what will no doubt be a challenging tour of Bangladesh as well as push for selection for future England squads."

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  • Martin on December 19, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    @JG2704 hey mate. Start with Ravi. We're confused about him. He already has 3 Test tons remember in just 12 games, albeit Vs modest side. He wasn't great against Aus. But he's only 26. They still have him in mind and he can also dry up/take wickets. So, he is around the set up. Morgan we see as not the finished article for Tests - but time in the middle is what he needs in order to learn. Taylor like Woakes is one for the future. We rate Bell really highly for Tests now - he's really come good. But we're confused about him too. With his technical skills he ought to be a fine ODI player - but he just can't seem to score quickly enough. This is where people like Taylor, Woakes, Buttler, Bairstow come in - because they CAN score quickly, and this is why they are being developed/given a chance to show. They will experiment in ODI/T20, as the Test team is settled. Nice to be talking cricket again! R U going to any Tests/ODI in 2012? We usually do Lords+Oval+1other.

  • John on December 19, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    @5Wombats - Hello. I'm not sure if we're on the verge of our first debate here. Re Taylor , I'm not sure how close he is to the England full 11. England these days like to give their test players a run and unless Morgan and Bopara get injured or have a disastrous run they'll stay there for some time.As I put in a prev post Hildreth seemed to be in a similar position and this year could have had his opp had his form not dipped so much. Re Bell , not sure exactly where you are with him. Personally I feel that he shouldn't be in Engs plans for ODI's/T20s. I feel he is a vital test batsmen and don't see the point in keeping a player in there who isn't great at OD cricket and risk burnout for tests where he is so important.I'm probably biased but I think Eng have missed a trick with Buttler. Even in one of the matches he did play he came in at something like number 7 below guys like Bopara. We've seen enough of Bopara so why did they not have a better look at Buttler?

  • Martin on December 18, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    @JG2704; Morgan is in possession with Ravi in waiting. Accepted, but James Taylor is in the frame too. He can't be far away from first team action. For sure they are thinking of the future in ODI just as the article says. England began committing serious resources to the future the moment Flower & co came in. It's really paying off. I know what you mean about Bell though - don't know what they were thinking of in india ODI's. I know they are set on Trott in the ODI side - fulfilling and anchor role rather in the way that Gary Kirsten used to for the Saffers. But I'm still not sold on Trott in ODI. I wouldn't be surprised to see this new flush of young hotshots; Woakes, Taylor, Bairstow, etc, getting more and more of a look in in T20 & ODI during 2012, as there is also a rotation and rest policy in place now. We end 2011 in a much stronger position than how we ended 2010 (and that was pretty good!). 2012 is going to be even better!

  • John on December 18, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (December 18 2011, 01:01 AM GMT) Personally I do think Morgan has the tools to become a top test batsman but then again I'd always have thought the same of Bell with OD cricket and sometimes things don't pan out how they should. Re Taylor,I've not seen too much of him to be honest.We'll have to see if he can keep up his form.Hildreth seemed to be the next man in line but had a really dodgy season and now seems to be totally out of the reckoning.I'm not sure about JT replacing EM or RB anytime soon.Re Ravi as I've always said,I thought he was harshly discarded to begin with but by the same token did little to earn a recall either.Also as I've said before ,I think we bat deep enough to discard a batsman and go for an extra bowler instead. Just my opinion but I'd say Tremlett,Finn,Monty,Kerrigan etc are all more likely to contribute more with the ball than whoever our 6th batsmen is with the bat. I know they say not to tinker with a winning formula , but that's my opinion

  • Randolph on December 18, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    Haha! More South Africans coming to the fore! Don't forget Kieswetter too! England do seem to have good depth, it's just a shame they are all South African! And another Irish! The great tradition of the United XI looks certain to continue for a while! Lets also not forget the Kiwi coming through the ranks!

  • John on December 18, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    @JG2704, I do agree re Morgan. It appears that he made the XI over Bopara based on one big innings for his county (or was it the Lions, I don't recall) when they were about level pegging. Since making the test team he hasn't been especially convincing. As you say, he has had the way paved for him and that one big score he made against India included being dropped how many times? He's obviously great in limited overs but I would say is yet to cement his place in the test side so should be looking over his shoulder if another batsman with the appropriate attributes comes along. I mentioned Bopara specifically because he appears to be Taylor's first obstacle to getting into the squad.

  • John on December 17, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    @5Wombats/jmcilhinney - Isn't Morgan ahead of Ravi in the pecking order and should he not also be fearing for his place? His average is not much higher and add to that , he has come into a winning England side whereby he'll often have been batting against tired bowlers after the likes of Bell, Cook , Trott etc have occupied the crease for some time. I like Morgan alot and he should be given a run in the side if they want to stick with this 6/1/4 formation but I hope we don't get like we do with Bell whereby because of their form in one format he becomes an automatic pick for another format where he's not as good

  • John on December 17, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    @SirViv1973 on (December 17 2011, 09:10 AM GMT) - Kind of agree with you there. I'm guessing the one thing with these Irish players is that they don't play test cricket and unless they become a test playing nation (which would be nice) I suppose their only option is to try and work their way into the England set up. Also we've had Welsh players (Croft,Maynard and Jones to name a few) who have played for England so is there a huge difference? I do however think that maybe these guys should have to play longer in England and without playing for Ireland in that time to qualify.

  • Cricinfouser on December 17, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    @hhillbumper - Roy and Meaker were born in South Africa but came to the UK at the age of 10 and 12 respectively. Accordingly, there are no South Africans in the squad. Harris is injured.

  • stuart on December 17, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    where is james harris and chric woakes.Also have to agree can we stop picking irish players and how many south africans are in this squad?

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