Bangladesh A in England August 8, 2013

Wright to lead Lions against Bangladesh A

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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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  • 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)

  • 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!

  • sparkatoff on August 9, 2013, 16:37 GMT

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

  • 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

  • on August 9, 2013, 3:25 GMT

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

  • 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 :).

  • on August 8, 2013, 21:38 GMT

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • EnglishCricket on August 8, 2013, 19:08 GMT

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

  • 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)

  • 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!

  • sparkatoff on August 9, 2013, 16:37 GMT

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

  • 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

  • on August 9, 2013, 3:25 GMT

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

  • 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 :).

  • on August 8, 2013, 21:38 GMT

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • EnglishCricket on August 8, 2013, 19:08 GMT

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

  • MartinC on August 8, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Surprised by the absence of Simon Kerrigan.

  • on August 8, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Tigers will hunt down the Lions.

  • reyme on August 8, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    @RichardG, let me clue you in on something. Last time the Lions played against Bangladesh A, It was the Lions who lost the series! Fortunately, you are not the Lions selectors, then it would be a whitewash for the Lions.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on August 8, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Excellent squad: Carberry, Vince, Taylor, Ballance, Stokes, Wright(c), Butler(wk), Willey, J.Overton, Briggs, Rankin. Would have swapped Wright for Patel, but I guess Big Sam is probably in the full squad.

  • SDHM on August 8, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Bit surprised not to see Chopra in there - he did well over the winter in Australia, and you'd think he'd be good injury cover for the likes of Cook, Bell & Trott as a player who looks to bat through the innings. Good to see a batting line-up brimming with aggressive intent though, in the main: they seem to be aiming to play a different game from the full side, maybe Giles is experimenting. And with Rankin, Overton and Jordan, there's eom proper fire in that bowling attack - might make my way up to Brizzle to have a look at them, should be fun to see some batsmen hopping around! Bit gutted to be without Buttler and Overton for a vital game as a Somerset fan though.

  • Munkeymomo on August 8, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Jamie Overton is in the squad! Awesome!! I hope he gets a game! If he is 12th man whilst he could be helping Somerset avoid relegation I'd be a bit miffed.

  • Tigg on August 8, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Why Chris Jordan? Don't get me wrong, he's been epic for us in the county championship but his limited overs bowling has been patchy.

  • RichardG on August 8, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    I know that Yorkshire fans have a reputation for moaning. It's often fair. But to be potentially missing Root, Bairstow and Bresnan for an Ashes test is one thing. To be potentially missing Ballance now at the same time so that he can face a team that is very probably somewhere around Minor Counties standard makes an absolute mockery of the County Championship. I know that some other teams will be in the same boat, and they will justifiably be seething too.

    The Lions is a very useful winter project. I think it's right that our A team plays test teams in warm ups. But with all due respect, to be missing county cricket for one-dayers against Bangladesh A is just insulting. These players will learn nothing from the experience. Utterly ridiculous.

  • on August 8, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    @Robster1 - the Lions will indeed go on a post season tour, to Australia. But why should we tour countries, expecting them to put out opponents of a good enough quality, if we're not going to the same in return. And besides that, it gives the 12 players chosen an invaluable opportunity to press for a call up to the senior side.

  • Robster1 on August 8, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    And again none of these players will be available to their counties for crucial end of season games. Better to send the Lions on tour in the close season.

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  • Robster1 on August 8, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    And again none of these players will be available to their counties for crucial end of season games. Better to send the Lions on tour in the close season.

  • on August 8, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    @Robster1 - the Lions will indeed go on a post season tour, to Australia. But why should we tour countries, expecting them to put out opponents of a good enough quality, if we're not going to the same in return. And besides that, it gives the 12 players chosen an invaluable opportunity to press for a call up to the senior side.

  • RichardG on August 8, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    I know that Yorkshire fans have a reputation for moaning. It's often fair. But to be potentially missing Root, Bairstow and Bresnan for an Ashes test is one thing. To be potentially missing Ballance now at the same time so that he can face a team that is very probably somewhere around Minor Counties standard makes an absolute mockery of the County Championship. I know that some other teams will be in the same boat, and they will justifiably be seething too.

    The Lions is a very useful winter project. I think it's right that our A team plays test teams in warm ups. But with all due respect, to be missing county cricket for one-dayers against Bangladesh A is just insulting. These players will learn nothing from the experience. Utterly ridiculous.

  • Tigg on August 8, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Why Chris Jordan? Don't get me wrong, he's been epic for us in the county championship but his limited overs bowling has been patchy.

  • Munkeymomo on August 8, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Jamie Overton is in the squad! Awesome!! I hope he gets a game! If he is 12th man whilst he could be helping Somerset avoid relegation I'd be a bit miffed.

  • SDHM on August 8, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Bit surprised not to see Chopra in there - he did well over the winter in Australia, and you'd think he'd be good injury cover for the likes of Cook, Bell & Trott as a player who looks to bat through the innings. Good to see a batting line-up brimming with aggressive intent though, in the main: they seem to be aiming to play a different game from the full side, maybe Giles is experimenting. And with Rankin, Overton and Jordan, there's eom proper fire in that bowling attack - might make my way up to Brizzle to have a look at them, should be fun to see some batsmen hopping around! Bit gutted to be without Buttler and Overton for a vital game as a Somerset fan though.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on August 8, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Excellent squad: Carberry, Vince, Taylor, Ballance, Stokes, Wright(c), Butler(wk), Willey, J.Overton, Briggs, Rankin. Would have swapped Wright for Patel, but I guess Big Sam is probably in the full squad.

  • reyme on August 8, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    @RichardG, let me clue you in on something. Last time the Lions played against Bangladesh A, It was the Lions who lost the series! Fortunately, you are not the Lions selectors, then it would be a whitewash for the Lions.

  • on August 8, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Tigers will hunt down the Lions.

  • MartinC on August 8, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Surprised by the absence of Simon Kerrigan.