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Tom honoured by Young Lions Captaincy

It was announced recently that Tom Lammonby, who signed a two-year contract in the summer after graduating from the Academy, will captain the England Young Lions in their two four-day Test Matches on the upcoming tour to Bangladesh.

The 18-year-old left-handed batsman and left-arm bowler missed out on the opportunity to captain the England Under 19s last winter due to injury, so being named as captain for the Tests for this tour is especially rewarding.

“Last time was a really special moment,” he said. “To have been named as captain of your country was a proud moment for me and my mum and dad as well. To get the chance to perform that same duty again with the squad in the two Tests against Bangladesh is also a very proud moment. Hopefully on this trip I will get to actually captain the team, rather than getting injured beforehand, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

How has Tom been preparing for captaincy on this trip?

“We’ve been talking a lot this winter about creating a team environment based on the three pillars of our Under 19 camp. It’s about trying to get all the lads together, engaging with each other and becoming a team.

“We all come from different parts of the country, so when we do come together its about the team and being as one, which is the biggest off-field challenge to being captain.”

Tom will be joined by three other young Somerset players because Kasey Aldridge, Lewis Goldsworthy and Will Smeed have also been selected for the tour.

“To have four of us from Somerset in the England Under 19 squad just shows the quality of our Academy,” said Tom. “It highlights what has been done over the last few years and it’s improving all the time as well.”

He added: “I feel very lucky to be able to do what I am doing, playing cricket and exploring the rest of the world as well. It’s great to be doing this as an aspiring young professional cricketer.”

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