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Gary Ballance to lead England Lions against South Africa

Gary Ballance averages over 100 in the ongoing season of County Championship
Gary Ballance averages over 100 in the ongoing season of County Championship
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Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance's chances of reclaiming the Test spot has received a huge boost after he was named as the captain of England Lions team for the upcoming tour game against South Africa.

Ballance, who started his career in the longer format with a lot of promise last played for England in October 2016 and was subsequently left out of the squad due to dip in form.

However, the 27-year-old had a productive County Championship season for Yorkshire during which he has amassed 815 runs from seven matches at an average of over 100. He has also slammed three centuries and four half-centuries as well.

Also featuring in the squad is Sam Robson, Keaton Jennings and Sam Billings while Tom Westley, Liam Livingstone and Joe Clarke were rewarded for their consistent performances for their respective county sides.

England's latest Twnety20 International recruit Mason Crane also features in the squad while the players from Nottinghamshire and Surrey were not considered for selection because of the Royal London One-Day Cup final that kicks-off on the final day of the tour game on 1st July.

The three-day tour game will be played between 29th June and 1st July in Worcester.

England Lions squad to take on South Africa:

K Jennings (Durham), S Robson (Middlesex), T Westley (Essex), G Ballance (Yorkshire, capt), L Livingstone (Lancashire), J Clarke (Worcestershire), S Billings (Kent, wk), J Overton (Somerset), T Helm (Middlesex), G Garton (Sussex), S Mahmood (Lancashire), M Crane (Hampshire).

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