Sonny, George and James named in Young Lions squad

It was announced today that the England & Wales Cricket Board and Sri Lanka Cricket have confirmed that the England Men’s Young Lions (U19) will tour Sri Lanka later this month in a five-match limited-over series. The tour is part of England’s preparation ahead of the ICC Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean starting in January.

The England Team will arrive in Sri Lanka on Monday 22 November 2021 and play five ODIs at the Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground, Colombo starting on Tuesday 30 November. All matches and practice sessions will be conducted in a bio-secure environment.

The selection panel, headed up by Young Lions Head Coach Richard Dawson, have selected a 19-strong squad for the tour which includes Somerset’s Sonny Baker, George Thomas and James Rew.

Young Lions Squad

Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire)

Tom Aspinwall (Lancashire)

Josh Baker (Worcestershire)

Sonny Baker (Somerset)

Nathan Barnwell (Surrey)

George Bell (Lancashire)

Jacob Bethell (Warwickshire)

Josh Boyden (Lancashire)

Ben Cliff (Yorkshire)

James Coles (Sussex)

Harry Crawshaw (Durham)

Alex Horton (Glamorgan)

Dan Ibrahim (Sussex)

Will Luxton (Yorkshire)

Tom Prest (Hampshire)

James Rew (Somerset)

James Sales (Northamptonshire)

Fateh Singh (Nottinghamshire)

George Thomas (Somerset)

Commenting on the tour, Young Lions Head Coach, Richard Dawson, said: “We are looking forward to touring Sri Lanka in what should be a challenging and exciting five-match ODI series. It’s a great opportunity for our squad to experience touring the sub-continent. It will give them a chance to play in a pressurised environment against their international peers in unfamiliar conditions.

“This trip is an integral part of their future development and will also provide good preparation leading into the ICC Men’s U19s World Cup in the Caribbean starting in January 2022.”

Head of the SCCC Talent Pathway, Steve Snell said: “It’s hugely exciting for Sonny, James and George to have been selected for this squad. It’s a great opportunity for them to play in a different environment against players from around the world. It will give them the chance to test their skills against some exciting young players with the same aspirations as them. This is a good chance for them to further their cricket development, and their selection is richly deserved off the back of some great performances this summer.”

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