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Four added to Lions squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 20, 2012

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Jade Dernbach endured another difficult match, India v England, 3rd ODI, Mohali, October 20, 2011
Jade Dernbach will hope to use the Sri Lanka tour to stake his claim for a return to England's one-day side © Getty Images
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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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Posted by JG2704 on (January 22, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Ironic that Roy is going home after his knock today

Posted by   on (January 21, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Still no James Harris. Puzzling I would pick him before Brooks, Meaker or Dernbach. Like Woakes, Harris is a very promising bowling all-rounder with the stats to support his claim.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 21, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

@yorkslanka, it is the Welagedara Stadium in Kurunegala

Posted by   on (January 21, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

Maybe they've re-named Kurunegala after Chanaka in honour of his five for in the win at Durban?

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 20, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Welagedara ??are you sure

Posted by   on (January 20, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

Shame two South African's have been brought in to replace the one!

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