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Lewis and Jack included in Lions squad

Lewis Gregory and Jack Leach have been named in the England Lions squad for the four-day match against Australia ‘A’ which begins on Sunday July 14th.

Lewis has been in fine form in all competitions this season, with his 44 Championship wickets costing just 12 runs apiece, and a batting average of 34.

Jack has also once again been outstanding in red-ball cricket in 2019, claiming 22 wickets with a best of six for 36.

After the squad was announced Lions Head Coach Andy Flower said: “We’re really looking forward to a great challenge against a very experienced Australia A side, some of whom will be looking to stake a claim for Ashes selection.

“We’ve got a very good squad of players travelling with us to Canterbury; one that’s more than capable of delivering a positive result.

“Lions selection is always tricky. We’ve got an eye on the England team’s short-term needs ahead of a busy winter schedule, but we’re looking at some medium- and long-term prospects as well. We also need to respect the counties’ needs during this busy time in the domestic season.

“While some players will be playing at this level for the first time, there is plenty of experience in our squad too. This will be a great learning opportunity for all these players and a chance to test themselves against a strong opposition.”

The captain for this match will be announced in due course.

England Lions squad

James Bracey (Gloucestershire)

Zak Crawley (Kent)

Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)

Ben Foakes (Surrey)

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Sam Northeast (Hampshire)

Jamie Porter (Essex)

Ollie Robinson (Sussex)

Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)

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