Friday 16 December 2011 

James Taylor To Lead England Lions In Bangladesh

James Taylor To Lead England Lions In Bangladesh
James Taylor To Lead England Lions In Bangladesh
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Leicestershire batsman James Taylor will captain the England Lions squad that travels to Bangladesh to play five 50-over and two Twenty20 games in Jaunary.

The 16-man squad also includes Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Staurt Meaker who have all been capped by England as well as Irish international Boyd Rankin.

Rankin will join up with the squad after he represents the ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI against England in Dubai and following the tour of Bangladesh, the Lions will head to Sri Lanka for another one-day series.

The 16 members of the squad were all selected in the England Performance Programme in October and have been training in India and South Africa.

"We have selected a young squad for this tour which is in line with our strategy of looking ahead to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and identifying and working with players who may be able to go on and play a role for England in the future," ECB Performance Director David Parsons said.

“These players have worked extremely hard over the last couple of months with a strong focus on limited overs cricket. This tour presents a good opportunity for these players to continue to develop their skills in subcontinent conditions on what will no doubt be a challenging tour of Bangladesh as well as push for selection for future England squads.”

England Lions squad: James Taylor (captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs, Jack Brooks, Nathan Buck, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Simon Kerrigan, Tom Maynard, Stuart Meaker, Tymal Mills, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Jason Roy, James Vince

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