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Henry Brookes continues rapid rise with England Lions call-up

Teenage fast bowler joins squad on back of impressive Warwickshire displays

George Dobell
George Dobell
27-Jun-2018
Henry Brookes continued his impressive season, Warwickshire v Worcestershire, Royal London Cup, North Group, Edgbaston, June 7, 2018

Henry Brookes continued his impressive season  •  Getty Images

Henry Brookes has continued his swift ascent by winning a call-up to the England Lions squad.
Brookes, 18 years old and with just six first-class games behind him, has made quite an impression in his limited opportunities at Warwickshire.
Blessed with decent pace - a recent televised game showed him bowling at 90mph - he has also demonstrated admirable skill and maturity. Both his team-mate, Jonathan Trott, and his county director of cricket, Ashley Giles, have stated with confidence that he will represent England.
A former England Under-19 player, Brookes has also made two first-class half-centuries in his eight innings at that level. He was not selected for Warwickshire's current Championship match in a bid to manage his workload. He is understood to be fully fit.
His Warwickshire teammate, Olly Stone, would surely have won a call-up to the squad, too, but is currently sidelined through injury.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo