It is looking increasingly likely that Jonathan Trott will be making his Test debut in the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval after the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) drafted in Yorkshire's Joe Sayers to replace Trott in the two-day England Lions v Australians game at Canterbury.
The match takes place over the weekend (15th//16th August), with the Lions effectively replacing a scheduled match against Kent, who made it through to Twenty20 Finals Day.
News reports in the English media suggest that Trott is in line to replace Ravi Bopara with Ian Bell reverting to number three in the batting line-up and pulling Trott out of the Lions match appears to be an attempt to stop the Australians familiarising themselves with Trott's game ahead of the crucial final Ashes Test.
The series is tied at 1-1 and despite an unbeaten half-century in Essex's LV County Championship match against Middlesex this week, Bopara, who reeled off thre centuries in as many innings against the West Indies earlier this year, has come under huge pressure for his place following a string of low scores.
Joe Sayers' own call-up comes on the back of solid form opening the batting for Yorkshire this season. He has scored 786 runs at 41.36 in Championship cricket with two centuries and two half-centuries.
England Lions: Jamie Dalrymple (captain), Michael Carberry, Stephen Moore, Joe Sayers, Andrew Gale, Stephen Davies, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, James Harris, Steve Kirby, Gary Keedy
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