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James Taylor to captain England Lions

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December 16, 2011

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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.

England Lions squad

  • James Taylor (capt), Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs, Jack Brooks, Nathan Buck, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Simon Kerrigan, Tom Maynard, Stuart Meaker, Tymal Mills, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince

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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Posted by 5wombats 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.

Posted by JG2704 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?

Posted by 5wombats 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!

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by RandyOZ 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!

Posted by jmcilhinney 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.

Posted by JG2704 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

Posted by JG2704 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.

Posted by shillingsworth 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.

Posted by hhillbumper 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?

Posted by   on (December 17, 2011, 16:33 GMT)

The problem should be the fact they are Irish and not English or Welsh meaning they can't play Test cricket for England! life is tough and the fact Ireland doesn't play Test cricket is a shame but just because they would like to play Test cricket doesn't mean England should pick them!

Posted by AlanHarrison on (December 17, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

Good news for James Taylor, and even better news for the James Taylor fan club among Sky TV commentators, who appear to love nothing better than banging on about him. @jmcilhinney: Nottinghamshire will certainly be hoping Taylor doesn't get into the England side all that soon, because although they've just signed him, they'd then hardly get a game out of him! They are allowed to play Swann and Broad seldom enough as it is. @Lmaotsetung: You're right, unfortunate though it is, it's hard to fault Irish players like Dockerell and Rankin (and of course Eoin Morgan, and Ed Joyce before him) who want to play for England because they know this is the only chance they have (as things stand) of playing test cricket.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 17, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

@SirViv1973, England will maximise their options and, if there is a player who qualifies to play for England and they want to play for England, England will give them a chance to make an impact. England has already made an investment in all the Irish players in the form of county cricket. Personally, all else being equal, I'd sooner see the England team full of England-born players but it's not England's fault that lots of foreign families want to settle their with their children or that Ireland have no first class competition or test team of their own. Obviously playing cricket at the highest level possible is the greater drawcard than playing for your country of birth for some, if not many, if not most. It might even be illegal for England to discriminate against an Irish player (Ireland are in the EU) if they qualify and are good enough.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (December 17, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

The problem is that these Irish lads really wants to play test cricket and ECB can't go around and say ok, we can't pick you cause doing so would deplete Ireland's squad. I'm sure most Irish players who are already pros on the county circuit would love to be playing during the English winter and collecting paychecks.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (December 17, 2011, 9:10 GMT)

With the seam bowling options England have do we really need to pinching another Irish talent in Boyd Rankin ? He would be a huge loss to Ireland and I can't really see him playing too many games for England should he eventually make the test side.

Posted by statmatt on (December 16, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

Is this really supposed to be a team that can provide back-up to the England test team, or just a chance to look at some promising youngsters? I can't believe that the likes of Chris Woakes and James Harris are missing unless their workloads are being managed somehow. Also Kyle Hogg, Tom Smith, Chris Nash and Will Gidman are more deserving than some of those included who had poor county seasons like Buck and Vince.

Posted by 5wombats on (December 16, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

@jmcilhinney - agreed. Taylor is knocking on the door - hard! Agreed too that the clock is running on Ravi....

Posted by butterhandsfingers on (December 16, 2011, 17:18 GMT)

Can't believe James Harris never gets a look-in with the Lions, way better than Boyd or Meaker

Posted by   on (December 16, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

Some very talented players in that squad and I'm happy to see that Mills is in the squad, just a shame that the tour is only the limited overs stuff! hope the proper cricket isn't being forgotten and not too keen on the Irish Boyd Rankin being picked because surely that should be up to the Irish board to give him experience overseas, just means another England bowler misses out!

Posted by Tigg on (December 16, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

What happened to Chris nash? One iffy Lions series does not a failure make.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 16, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

It's hard to see Taylor not coming into the England test team some time soon. If Ravi Bopara gets another chance he had better make the most of it because otherwise I don't think it will be long before Taylor overtakes him in the pecking order. Probably one good season in division 1 is all the selectors would need.

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