Bangladesh A in England

Wright to lead Lions against Bangladesh A

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August 8, 2013

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Luke Wright finished with 2 for 31, England v New Zealand, 1st T20, The Oval, June 25, 2013
Luke Wright has become a key part of England's T20 side © Getty Images
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Luke Wright will get the chance to press his case for a return to England's ODI team when he leads the Lions in three 50-over matches against Bangladesh A later this month. Ashley Giles, England's limited-overs coach, will take charge of the Lions and have the opportunity to assess the form of Wright, who has become a key member at the top of the order in England's T20 side since his recall last year.

Three players yet to make their Lions debuts are part of the 12-man squad. The Somerset and Northamptonshire bowlers Jamie Overton and David Willey and Sussex's allrounder Chris Jordan, the first man to take 50 Championship wickets this season, have all been called up. They will join several players already capped by England, including Jos Buttler, James Taylor, Ben Stokes and Danny Briggs.

Wright last played ODI cricket for England at the 2011 World Cup but has previously said he has "huge ambitions to get back into the one-day side". Michael Carberry, who played a single Test against Bangladesh in 2010, will also get the chance to press his case for a limited-overs call-up - he is the second-leading run-scorer in this year's FLt20, after making a century in Hampshire's quarter-final on Wednesday, and fifth in the YB40.

"We are delighted to reward this Lions team with an opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of a number of forthcoming ODI series," the national selector, Geoff Miller, said. "Many of this squad have been in or around England, Lions, EPP or PEPP squads before, so it is a great chance for them to push for places for the England ODI games later this summer and also this coming winter.

"Looking further ahead, we are also keen to build a strong platform for the 2015 World Cup, so opportunities such as this play a big part in giving the coaches an opportunity to assess the levels of these players first hand."

The timing of the games has not been universally welcomed, with a full round of Championship matches taking place during the same week. The first unofficial ODI at Bristol is scheduled for Tuesday August 20, followed by matches on August 22 and 24. Yorkshire, who currently lead Division One, will be missing in-form batsman Gary Ballance, while defending champions Warwickshire will lose Boyd Rankin for their match against Somerset, who will continue their attempts to stave off the threat of relegation without Buttler and Overton.

A further Lions fixture will also be incorporated into the schedule, after Northamptonshire's qualification for Friends Life t20 Finals Day meant they would be unable to fulfil a two-day fixture against the touring Australians. The ECB will announce the Lions team to play the August 16-17 match early next week.

England Lions squad: Luke Wright (capt), Gary Ballance, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Chris Jordan, Jamie Overton, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Vince, David Willey

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Posted by   on (August 11, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Our batsmen is struggling in england.....But no worries..before the series against Englions. theyve gotten enough practice matches to go with the condition B)

Posted by   on (August 10, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Great to see another Combermerian making an English team.........Up and On ...Up and on.....Has any other school in the Caribbean ever done that? Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Wesley Hall, Sir Clyde Walcott and all other illustrious Combermere cricketers would be proud! Congratulations Christopher! Do yourself,your team and Combermere proud!

Posted by sparkatoff on (August 9, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

No, Sussex don't have a game between the 15th and 27th.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 9, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

@Sussexx on (August 8, 2013, 23:36 GMT) Have Sussex not got a CC game around that time? I wouldn't want to be losing any more players to this squad

Posted by   on (August 9, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Good Luck Bangladesh A. England Lions wish you a though tour.

Posted by Sussexx on (August 8, 2013, 23:36 GMT)

I am afraid that this team England A would fall out badly as Bangladeshi players are doing very well even at the Domestic Level. . So.. England A will be Led by Luke, will have to work so hard to win the 3 match series over Bangladesh A.. and as far as the squad goes.. Where is YARDY? Where is Luke Wells ? These Two players from Sussex have been Consistently performing brilliantly in first class and as well as in pro-40s ..with that YARDY would have led the England A side amazingly well as he has huge experience in all forms of the format as he has been the most successful skipper of the Sussex sharks till last year ... I am sorry to say ECB ... Luke Wright doesn't have a solid side under his first ever leadership for England A.. so hence England A will have to work very hard to win the 3 match series.. I am sorry for YARDY and Luke Wells for not seeing you in England A side... good luck Luke Wright ... let's hope for the best :).

Posted by   on (August 8, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

West Indian, Irish International and a Zimbabwean U19 player in the Lions squad!

Posted by JG2704 on (August 8, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

As a Somerset fan - and I don't study everyone's fixtures - We have had weeks where we have had 5 days of no action between games and then also had times when we've had to play back to back away games in consecutive days (as is happening this weekend). So I wonder who is in charge of the schedules and why they can't schedule these games differently? Also wonder if they could take a max of one player per county so counties with smaller squads aren't so bady affected? As for the squad , not sure Wright is captaincy material but then again I'm not sure who is. Actually , surely Taylor is the better choice for captain - assuming he plays. I like the look of the squad but I don't see why Buttler is there - is he not an England player now in shorter formats? My Somerset rep would be Trego for sure or maybe Craig (with his shorter formats form) deserves a chance to restake his place?

Posted by SDHM on (August 8, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

@MartinC - barely played any limited overs stuff for Lancs until this season. England see him as a Test prospect. Briggs & Rafiq are the two they've got their eye on in regards to limited overs.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (August 8, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Weather permitting, 2-1 to either side. Go Lions!!!

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