Spin-heavy England Lions to go to UAE holding India Test tour in thoughts

The ECB has introduced a spin-heavy England Lions coaching squad for a winter coaching camp within the UAE subsequent month. Ten gamers have been drafted into the second-tier set-up for the primary time.

With the England males’s Test facet travelling to India for a five-match collection in January, eight spinners have been chosen for this journey. These embody Leicestershire’s Rehan Ahmed, who made his Test debut in opposition to Pakistan final winter, and Middlesex offspinner Josh De Caires, incomes his first Lions name after taking 27 Division One wickets at 25.59.
Other notable inclusions are Tom Lawes, whose 30 dismissals helped Surrey to the County Championship, and Somerset’s James Rew, who struck 5 centuries amongst 1086 runs, which earned him the PCA Young Player of the Year award. Fast bowlers Matthew Fisher, Matthew Potts, Josh Tongue and Brydon Carse, all of whom have worldwide caps to their title, may also attend the camp, which runs from November 16 to December 7.
The intention of the three weeks is as a lot to reward performances during the last season as it’s to know the depth of England’s pathway. Those chosen are deemed “high potential players” and can focus totally on growing red-ball abilities, intently aligned to England’s future necessities forward of the subcontinent tour at first of 2024. Lancashire’s Tom Hartley and Sussex’s Jack Carson – left-arm orthodox and offbreak bowlers, respectively – are two such gamers who may very well be thought-about for the Test tour. Hartley made his England debut through the current ODI collection with Ireland, whereas Carson took 31 wickets this season.

The deal with spinners within the quick time period is important given the shortage of choices following Moeen Ali’s Test retirement on the finish of the Ashes, and with Adil Rashid focussing solely on white-ball cricket. Lead spinner Jack Leach is continuous his restoration from a again stress fracture sustained at first of the summer season.

Players and counties had been consulted round choice, with a number of gamers not chosen both due to pre-existing commitments or different alternatives abroad deemed extra helpful to their particular person wants.

England males’s efficiency director Mo Bobat stated, “At the end of an enjoyable season and after close dialogue with players and counties, it’s exciting to confirm our group that will travel to Abu Dhabi for a training camp later this year.

“The camp will present a superb alternative for the gamers to develop their purple ball recreation and permit us to study extra about them as folks and gamers.

“In selecting the group, we’ve carefully considered England’s short and long-term needs in Test cricket, particularly with sub-continent challenges in mind.

“It’s fairly a big group and it is nice that we are able to assist participant improvement on this method for what needs to be a enjoyable camp.”

The coaching and mentoring group accompanying the party will be announced in due course.

England Lions coaching group: Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire), George Balderson (Lancashire), Shoaib Bashir (Somerset), Josh Bohannon (Lancashire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Jack Carson (Sussex), James Coles (Sussex), Josh De Caires (Middlesex), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Tom Hartley (Lancashire), Lyndon James (Nottinghamshire), Tom Lawes (Surrey), Dan Mousley (Warwickshire), Callum Parkinson (Durham), Matthew Potts (Durham), Rishi Patel (Leicestershire), Ollie Price (Gloucestershire), James Rew (Somerset), Ollie Robinson (Durham), Josh Tongue (Nottinghamshire), John Turner (Hampshire)

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