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Bernard and Davies in England U19 squad for Sri Lanka tri-series

Thursday 24th September 2015

Men’s First Team

Kent's Hugh Bernard and Ryan Davies have received a call-up to the England Under-19 squad for a tri-series against Sri Lanka and India in December 2015.

The Kent Cricket Academy graduates are in a 16-man squad hoping to seal a place in the squad for the U19 World Cup in Bangladesh, starting in January 2016.

Folkestone seamer Bernard, who turned 19 last week, took 27 wickets in 9 second XI appearances this season and took 7 wickets in the Royal London ODI series against Australia this summer, after signing his first professional contract at Kent.

Margate-born wicketkeeper Davies, 18, has been a regular for England Under-19s in all formats and made his first team debut this summer, deputising eight times for England international Sam Billings.

England Development Programme Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: “The tour to Sri Lanka before Christmas represents the last chance for the players to impress ahead of the final selection of the squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in January and February next year.

"We have selected a strong squad based on performances against Australia under-19s this summer, alongside giving opportunities to a couple of players who haven’t featured at this level before.

"It is now down to them to show that they deserve to be named in the World Cup squad when that is announced towards the end of December.

“The tri-series involving Sri Lanka and India under-19s will present a tough challenge, and it is a further learning opportunity for all the players in sub-continent conditions. It should be a great tour and a precursor to what they can expect in Bangladesh during the World Cup next year.”

England Under-19 squad to play tri-series in Sri Lanka:George Bartlett (Somerset), Hugh Bernard (Kent), Jack Burnham (Durham), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ryan Davies (Kent), Ben Green (Somerset), Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire),Adam Hickey (Durham), Max Holden (Middlesex), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Tom Moores (Notts), Brad Taylor (captain, Hampshire), Callum Taylor (Essex), Jared Warner (Yorkshire).

England Under-19 winter touring schedule 2015-2016:

3 – 22 December 2015

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tri-series v Sri Lanka U19 and India U19

14 – 20 January 2016

Dubai, UAE

Pre-ICC U19 World Cup preparation training camp

20 January – 14 February 2016

Chittagong, Bangladesh

ICC U19 World Cup