England news December 13, 2013

Woakes to lead England Lions tour

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Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire allrounder who made his Test debut at the Oval in August, has been named captain of England Lions for the tour of Sri Lanka in February.

Woakes will lead the Lions in three unofficial four-day Test matches against Sri Lanka A, for which a 15-man squad has been named. Mark Robinson, the Sussex coach, will take charge of the tour.

Jonny Bairstow, who is currently with England's Ashes squad in Australia, has also been selected along with Simon Kerrigan who made his Test debut alongside Woakes.

The Lions will arrive in Sri Lanka on January 27 and play two three-day matches in Colombo before the first fixture against Sri Lanka A in Kandy on February 12. Two further matches follow in Dambulla and Colombo.

England selector James Whittaker said this was an excellent opportunity for some younger players: "We believe this Lions squad contains an excellent mix of players that have had international exposure, combined with emerging young talent that we hope can flourish on this tour to Sri Lanka.

"All our Lions tours and England Performance Programmes play a vital role in the development of future England players. The opportunity to train and play in the subcontinent will be an invaluable experience and under the guidance of coach Mark Robinson we are convinced all the players will learn a great deal."

England Lions party for tour of Sri Lanka
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Scott Borthwick (Durham), Varun Chopra (Warwickshire), Ben Foakes (Essex), James Harris (Middlesex), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire), Alex Lees (Yorkshire), Tymal Mills (Essex), James Overton (Somerset), Sam Robson (Middlesex), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Vince (Hampshire)

England Lions Sri Lanka tour fixtures
February 1-3, Sri Lanka A Team Emerging Players, Colombo
February 6-8, Sri Lanka A Team Emerging Players, Colombo
February 12-15, Sri Lanka A, Kandy
February 19-22, Sri Lanka A, Dambulla
February 26-March 1, Sri Lanka A, Colombo

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  • real_gone_gadd on December 18, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    I would like to have seen James Tredwell on this trip. As well as being the senior pro, he should keep close to the setup as will likely be our number 1 off-spinner ine one format or more within the next 2 weeks.

  • on December 18, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Can't understand the fixation with Robson - he couldn't and wouldn't make the New South Wales team. Too many test players and potential test players ahead in the queue!

  • yorkshire-86 on December 15, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Should have picked Godleman, Lyth, Panesar, and most importantly - ONIONS.

  • Cubitt on December 15, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Surprised to see Woakes as captain ahead of Taylor but good luck to him. Looks like a good squad imo. @TenDonebyaShooter Why? None of these guys have anything to do with our terrible Ashes tour.

  • TenDonebyaShooter on December 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Given the disastrous nature of England's tour to Australia to date, and hence that some rebuilding of the "elite" uper echelon of England players is clearly necessary, I would have thought some more radical departures in selection would have been in England's interests

  • SyedAreYouDumb on December 14, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    A strong performance by moeen will definitely have the selectors thinking, same for Bairstow as prior has been looking out of touch lately.

  • JG2704 on December 14, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Dave Brown on (December 13, 2013, 17:35 GMT) Jos's head was turned for sure. Time will tell whether he made the right move or not but you'd think he'd have to improve his FC batting to leapfrog Johnny. If Jos keeps regularly and doesn't improve his batting then I still don't see him getting in the side. Also remember Jonny who always has been a specialist WK got his chance as a batsman/outfielder. Maybe you're a better man than I but I don't wish him all the best at Lancs

    @InsideHedge - Thought his team mate Chopra would have been a better option - having had captaincy experience. Generally speaking I'm not such a fan of bowlers being captains

  • on December 13, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    CodandChips, this is the second time I have seen someone mention the Test series in the West Indies, there are no Tests as it's purely 20/20 and ODI's.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 13, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    There are a lot of batsmen in this squad.How will they all get enough games to play? I like one or two of the selections-James Vince in particular. I hope Borhtwick is going to bowl some alongside his growing reputation as a batsman. Otherwise Kerrigan as a lone spinner means the cupboard is a bit bare, considering this is a SL tour. There is a plethora of seamers though. Some will be ready soon for higher duty soon hopefully and only a couple are giants!( The latest currency of superfluity)

  • randommagician on December 13, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Buttler will clearly be going to the West Indies- the tour consists of ODIs and T20Is not Tests!

    Woakes inexperienced at First Class level? He's played 86 FC matches, more than everyone else in the squad bar Taylor and Moeen.

  • real_gone_gadd on December 18, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    I would like to have seen James Tredwell on this trip. As well as being the senior pro, he should keep close to the setup as will likely be our number 1 off-spinner ine one format or more within the next 2 weeks.

  • on December 18, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Can't understand the fixation with Robson - he couldn't and wouldn't make the New South Wales team. Too many test players and potential test players ahead in the queue!

  • yorkshire-86 on December 15, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Should have picked Godleman, Lyth, Panesar, and most importantly - ONIONS.

  • Cubitt on December 15, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Surprised to see Woakes as captain ahead of Taylor but good luck to him. Looks like a good squad imo. @TenDonebyaShooter Why? None of these guys have anything to do with our terrible Ashes tour.

  • TenDonebyaShooter on December 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Given the disastrous nature of England's tour to Australia to date, and hence that some rebuilding of the "elite" uper echelon of England players is clearly necessary, I would have thought some more radical departures in selection would have been in England's interests

  • SyedAreYouDumb on December 14, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    A strong performance by moeen will definitely have the selectors thinking, same for Bairstow as prior has been looking out of touch lately.

  • JG2704 on December 14, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Dave Brown on (December 13, 2013, 17:35 GMT) Jos's head was turned for sure. Time will tell whether he made the right move or not but you'd think he'd have to improve his FC batting to leapfrog Johnny. If Jos keeps regularly and doesn't improve his batting then I still don't see him getting in the side. Also remember Jonny who always has been a specialist WK got his chance as a batsman/outfielder. Maybe you're a better man than I but I don't wish him all the best at Lancs

    @InsideHedge - Thought his team mate Chopra would have been a better option - having had captaincy experience. Generally speaking I'm not such a fan of bowlers being captains

  • on December 13, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    CodandChips, this is the second time I have seen someone mention the Test series in the West Indies, there are no Tests as it's purely 20/20 and ODI's.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 13, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    There are a lot of batsmen in this squad.How will they all get enough games to play? I like one or two of the selections-James Vince in particular. I hope Borhtwick is going to bowl some alongside his growing reputation as a batsman. Otherwise Kerrigan as a lone spinner means the cupboard is a bit bare, considering this is a SL tour. There is a plethora of seamers though. Some will be ready soon for higher duty soon hopefully and only a couple are giants!( The latest currency of superfluity)

  • randommagician on December 13, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Buttler will clearly be going to the West Indies- the tour consists of ODIs and T20Is not Tests!

    Woakes inexperienced at First Class level? He's played 86 FC matches, more than everyone else in the squad bar Taylor and Moeen.

  • InsideHedge on December 13, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Somewhat surprised to see Woakes made skipper given his lack of experience at the first class level. It seems he's been nominated based on the fact that he's played more Tests and ODIs than anyone else in the squad.

    The squad looks good batting wise but that bowling attack will struggle in Sri Lankan conditions. It should be a good experience for both Kerrigan and Borthwick as spinners but they'll find it tough going esp Borthwick. Way too many seamers in this squad.

  • CodandChips on December 13, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Perhaps no Buttler because he is being considered for the tour of West Indies? Seem's very, very unlikely, but isn't impossible.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Buttler's omission is a bit surprising, but a good squad.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    No Buttler... ummm maybe the young 'keeper' made the wrong decision to defect to Lancs and should have stayed at home to be turned into a world class batsman. Too many good 'keeps in England who can bat to promote a good batsman who can keep wicket. A classic example of agents turning players heads. I wish him the best and do hope it works out for him but can't help thinking he would have been better off setting his stall as a batsman which is what got him selected for England in th first place...

  • CodandChips on December 13, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Assume this means that non of these players will travel to the West Indies, which is a great shame. James Taylor, Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali should all be given a go in the test team in the West Indies in my opinion. Does this also mean Bairstow has been temporarily discarded, with the final admittance of him being not ready?

    Hopefully Kerrigan can put his debut behind him.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Its nice to see England giving Bairstow an assignment that doesn't involve carrying drinks and fielding as a sub. It will be good for him to get experience in the sub continent when he played for England against India in the ODI is looked a bit clueless.

  • Kidderwolf on December 13, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    So Bairstow was included in the Ashes squad, but England still think he needs to be with the Lions next year?

    Is that an admittance that he shouldn't be in the current squad. Or shock horror are England actually going to support a Keeper (other than Prior) for once and help to develop him?

  • dirtydozen on December 13, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    why can't robson play in australian first class He will easily get selected

  • Lion83 on December 13, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Great opportunity for young players in both countries

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  • Lion83 on December 13, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Great opportunity for young players in both countries

  • dirtydozen on December 13, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    why can't robson play in australian first class He will easily get selected

  • Kidderwolf on December 13, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    So Bairstow was included in the Ashes squad, but England still think he needs to be with the Lions next year?

    Is that an admittance that he shouldn't be in the current squad. Or shock horror are England actually going to support a Keeper (other than Prior) for once and help to develop him?

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Its nice to see England giving Bairstow an assignment that doesn't involve carrying drinks and fielding as a sub. It will be good for him to get experience in the sub continent when he played for England against India in the ODI is looked a bit clueless.

  • CodandChips on December 13, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Assume this means that non of these players will travel to the West Indies, which is a great shame. James Taylor, Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali should all be given a go in the test team in the West Indies in my opinion. Does this also mean Bairstow has been temporarily discarded, with the final admittance of him being not ready?

    Hopefully Kerrigan can put his debut behind him.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    No Buttler... ummm maybe the young 'keeper' made the wrong decision to defect to Lancs and should have stayed at home to be turned into a world class batsman. Too many good 'keeps in England who can bat to promote a good batsman who can keep wicket. A classic example of agents turning players heads. I wish him the best and do hope it works out for him but can't help thinking he would have been better off setting his stall as a batsman which is what got him selected for England in th first place...

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Buttler's omission is a bit surprising, but a good squad.

  • CodandChips on December 13, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Perhaps no Buttler because he is being considered for the tour of West Indies? Seem's very, very unlikely, but isn't impossible.

  • InsideHedge on December 13, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Somewhat surprised to see Woakes made skipper given his lack of experience at the first class level. It seems he's been nominated based on the fact that he's played more Tests and ODIs than anyone else in the squad.

    The squad looks good batting wise but that bowling attack will struggle in Sri Lankan conditions. It should be a good experience for both Kerrigan and Borthwick as spinners but they'll find it tough going esp Borthwick. Way too many seamers in this squad.

  • randommagician on December 13, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Buttler will clearly be going to the West Indies- the tour consists of ODIs and T20Is not Tests!

    Woakes inexperienced at First Class level? He's played 86 FC matches, more than everyone else in the squad bar Taylor and Moeen.