Trott and Moore included in Lions XI
Jonathan Trott has been handed another opportunity to impress the England selectors ahead of the fifth Ashes Test a week on Thursday, after he was named in the England Lions XI to take on the Australians in the two-day warm-up match at Canterbury on Saturday.
Trott, who was included in England's fourth Test squad but missed out on the final XI, is joined by a number of fringe players looking to stake their claim ahead of the winter tours to South Africa and Bangladesh. Stephen Moore, the Worcestershire batsman who cracked 120 against the Australians in England Lions' match at New Road, was also named.
In addition, there are two young and aspiring fast bowlers - Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire seamer, and James Harris from Glamorgan. The side is captained by Jamie Dalrymple; Stephen Davies takes the gloves, and Steve Kirby and Liam Plunkett provide experience with the ball.
"The Lions have been given an opportunity to take on Australia again this summer following Kent's progress to the Twenty20 Finals day," said Geoff Miller, the national selector.
"The Lions provided strong opposition for Australia in the tour match earlier this summer and this fixture will provide selectors with an opportunity to look at a number of established players who have impressed in county cricket this year.
"It is also a chance for the likes of Andrew Gale, James Harris and Chris Woakes to show the selectors how they will cope when they come up against a top-class international team such as Australia."
England Lions XI
Jamie Dalrymple (capt), Michael Carberry, Stephen Moore, Jonathan Trott, Andrew Gale, Stephen Davies, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, James Harris, Steve Kirby, Gary Keedy.