Kent wicketkeeper-batsman Ollie Robinson has been selected in a 14-man England Under-19s squad for two “Tests” against South Africa at Scarborough and the Emirates Riverside next month.
The 19-year-old Kent Cricket Academy graduate has been in impressive form so far this summer with several centuries in the second XI and for his club side Beckenham in the Shepherd Neame Kent Cricket Premier League.
The right-hander was recalled after his omission from the World Cup squad this winter and is joined by four uncapped players – the Sussex batsman Harrison Ward, Derbyshire seamer Alfie Gleadall, Worcestershire’s Jack Haynes, and Gloucestershire’s Greg Willows.
Second XI coach Min Patel will also work with the England Under-19s alongside former Sussex assistant coach Jon Lewis, who leads the squad.
Jon Lewis, for whom this will be a first series as head coach of the Young Lions programme after he was initially appointed for the World Cup, said: “I’ve never seen the Under-19s play at Test level, and for all of us the chance to test ourselves against the best young players from South Africa is a really exciting one.
“Already this season it’s been encouraging to see three of the guys from our World Cup squad – as well as Henry Brookes, who was a regular for the Under-19s last summer – earning regular selection by their counties and making some significant contributions.
“The key for us when making these selections is working out with the counties what’s best for each individual player, and in the cases of those four we agreed it was best for them to stay in county cricket.
“That removes some experience from our squad, but that increases the challenge and opportunity for the guys who have been selected.”
England will announce a separate squad early in July for the three-match Royal London One-Day Series against South Africa that follows, with the first game at the Emirates Riverside on July 23 being televised live on Sky Sports, followed by matches at South Northumberland CC and Scarborough.
England Under-19s squad: Tom Lammonby (Somerset, c), Ethan Bamber (Middlesex), Liam Banks (Warwickshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Jack Davies (Middlesex), Adam Finch (Worcestershire), Alfie Gleadall (Derbyshire), Jack Haynes (Worcestershire), Luke Hollman (Middlesex), Jack Plom (Essex), Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire), Ollie Robinson (Kent), Harrison Ward (Sussex), Greg Willows (Gloucestershire)
Fixtures: July 3-4 v Unicorns (Loughborough), July 8-11 – first “Youth Test” v South Africa Under-19s (Scarborough), July 16-19 – second “Youth Test” v South Africa Under-19s (Emirates Riverside)
*A separate England Under-19s squad will be named in early July for the three-match Royal London One-Day Series against South Africa A with games at Emirates Riverside (July 23, live on Sky Sports), South Northumberland CC (July 26) and Scarborough (July 29).