England Lions news February 1, 2012

England call up Coles to Colombo

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matthew Coles, the Kent seam bowler, has been called up for the rest of the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka after Surrey's Stuart Meaker pulled out because of a lower back injury. Meaker is returning to the UK for further assessment in the hope that he will regain fitness in time for the start of the English season.

Meaker's 44 first-class wickets at 22.56 played a central role in Surrey's late rush to promotion last year and they will be unsettled about his potential absence as they try to re-establish themselves in Division One.

The Lions have two more ODI fixtures against Sri Lanka, in Colombo on Friday and Tuesday, followed by a match against an England XI in Dubai on February 10. Coles only has to make the short flight from Chennai where he has been with England's Performance Programme.

Coles, 21, has 61 first-class wickets at an average of 36, and was afflicted by injury during much of Kent's lacklustre 2011 Division Two season but his return to the side in August led to a belated upturn in fortunes for the county.

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  • Alan on February 2, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    So a South African-born bowler is replaced in an England squad by a bowler born in Maidstone. Not surprised that no-one is drawing any attention to that. It doesn't quite fit in with certain people's interpretation of the so-called "United XI".

  • Adam on February 2, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    I think Meety is getting rather desperate there and has clearly have not seen Meaker bowl. Pakistan may have caused England problems but I guess that is something England never have to worry about against Australia looking at the 'talent' coming through their spin ranks. Lyons - oh deary me. Amazing comments really given the rankings and last winters result.

  • sam on February 2, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty Please don't compare everyone to Finn. Finn is a potential great bowler which even Anderson and Broad may not be. For me, Finn has the most talent I have seen since a young Dale Steyn in 2004. Only he needs to control his line and length a bit and keep himself fit. Everyone doesn't have same ability.

  • Satish on February 2, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    As usual one more English bowler especially pace bowler injured touring subcontinent.. What is going on with the injury management thing that was much spoken about in the English camp?

  • Andrew on February 2, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    @ OhhhMattyMatty - great to see you are still alive. I thought you would go into hiding after the shenanigans in the UAE, or at least change your handle!!! LOL! Meaker & Coles hey? Seriously doubt they'd make any Shield squads in Oz, nothing impressive there mate. I suppose you need to try & cheer yourself up a bit, the trouble finding a batsmen that can read a doosra must be very vexing! LOL! Don't worry of your "handful" of good batsmen that you have, (you know the ones that lost to Bangladesh A), I think Bopara is the best - LOL! LOL!

  • Rusty on February 2, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Will it be like taking Coles to Newcastle ? Sorry I just could not resist that.

  • Oh on February 1, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Coles and Meaker, 2 of the handful of genuine 90mph bowlers in England. But neither are as good as Finn.

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