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January 20, 2012
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Series/Tournaments: England Lions tour of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates
England Lions' winter tour continues to Sri Lanka with a five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka A beginning on January 27. After losing 3-2 to Bangladesh A the Lions have made four changes to the squad.
Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel and Chirs Woakes have been called up, in preparation for England's ODI and T20 series against Pakistan in the Middle East. Simon Kerrigan, Tom Maynard, Tymal Mills and Jason Roy all return to their counties.
Surrey's Dernbach will be hoping for a return to England's one-day side. He took a combined 1/168 in the first three ODIs on England's tour of India in October and was dropped for the final two matches and the T20.
Samit Patel, the Nottinghamshire all-rounder, was one of few players to come out of the India tour with credit with 160 runs at 40 in the ODI series. Woakes, the Warwickshire bowler, hasn't played for England since taking 0 for 20 and scoring 19 not out in England's victory over Ireland in August 2011.
"The Sri Lanka tour will provide a further opportunity for us to assess players in the 50-over format before we finalise selection for the senior team's one-day series against Pakistan next month," ECB national selector Geoff Miller said.
The Lions begin the Sri Lanka tour on January 27 in Dambulla. They play the second one-dayer in Dambulla before moving on to Welagedera for the third match and Colombo for the final two games of the series.
England Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka James Taylor, Jonny Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs, Jack Brooks, Nathan Buck, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Stuart Meaker, Samit Patel, Joe Root, James Vince, Chris Woakes
Sri Lanka A v England Lions Friday, January 27, Dambulla Sunday, January 29, Dambulla Tuesday, January 31, Welagedera Friday, February 3, Colombo Monday, February 6, Colombo
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The thrills are rather low-octane, the skills are a bit lightweight, and the tournament overly India-centric
Twenty years on, Shivnarine Chanderpaul continues to be understated, underestimated. And that doesn't bother him. What's not to like?
Also, high scores and low averages, most ducks in international cricket, and the 12-year-old Test player
Of the 85 Tests that Bangladesh have played so far, they've lost 70 and won just four. Those stats are easily the worst among all teams when they'd played as many Tests
Former New Zealand seamer Gavin Larsen talks about wobbly seam-up bowling, the 1992 World Cup, and his role in the next tournament
Kids mimic the cricket heroes of the day, so the problem of throwing must be tackled before players reach the first-class level
Both teams face contrasting opponents in their next Test series. While West Indies will be tested against stronger teams, Bangladesh have it easier but without much to gain