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Tom Prest to captain England Young Lions at 2022 Under-19 World Cup

Warwickshire allrounder Jacob Bethell named vice-captain in 15-man squad

Tom Prest will lead England Young Lions at the 2022 U19 World Cup  •  Getty Images

Tom Prest will lead England Young Lions at the 2022 U19 World Cup  •  Getty Images

England Young Lions will be captained by Hampshire's Tom Prest at the upcoming Under-19s World Cup in the Caribbean next month.
Prest made full debuts in all three formats during the summer, having scored a triple-hundred for Hampshire's 2nd XI, and led the Young Lions in series against West Indies and the recent tour to Sri Lanka. He will be supported by vice-captain Jacob Bethell, the Barbados-born allrounder who signed professional terms with Warwickshire at the start of the year.
Also included in the 15-man squad are James Coles, the 17-year-old Sussex allrounder, James Sales, son of former Northamptonshire stalwart David, and Sonny Baker, the Somerset fast bowler who was the Young Lions' leading wicket-taker in their 4-2 win over West Indies in September.
Josh Baker, the Worcesershire offspinner, and Yorkshire seamer Ben Cliff will travel with the group as reserves.
"It's always a hugely exciting moment for any young cricketer to be selected in a representative age-group squad, especially so when it's for a World Cup," Young Lions head coach, Richard Dawson, said.
"We're really looking forward to getting out there and testing ourselves against the best young players in the world, and continuing our development as a side and as individuals."
England Young Lions have been in drawn in Group A alongside Bangladesh, winners of the 2020 tournament, Canada and UAE. They will begin their campaign against Bangladesh in St Kitts on January 16.
England Young Lions squad: Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire), Tom Aspinwall (Lancashire), Sonny Baker (Somerset), Nathan Barnwell (Surrey), George Bell (Lancashire), Jacob Bethell (Warwickshire, vice-capt), Josh Boyden (Lancashire), James Coles (Sussex), Alex Horton (Glamorgan), Will Luxton (Yorkshire), Tom Prest (Hampshire, capt), James Rew (Somerset), James Sales (Northamptonshire), Fateh Singh (Nottinghamshire), George Thomas (Somerset)
Travelling reserves: Josh Baker (Worcestershire), Ben Cliff (Yorkshire)