Cox & Gilchrist in England Lions tour of Sri Lanka

Tuesday 3rd January 2023


Cox & Gilchrist in England Lions tour of Sri Lanka

England Lions’ Test & ODI squads have been named for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, with Kent seamer Nathan Gilchrist involved in the red-ball party & big-hitter Jordan Cox involved in the limited overs squad.

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22-year-old Gilchrist won both Men’s Young Player & Bowler of the Year at the 2022 Spitfire Kent Cricket Awards after impressing for Kent in 2022’s LV= Insurance County Championship & Royal London Cup.

He was Kent’s top-wicket taker in the Championship this past season, taking 33 wickets in eight first-class matches for the county including 6-61 against his former side Somerset in Kent’s final match of the 2022 season.

Also included in the red-ball leg of the tour is former Kent wicketkeeper-batter Ollie Robinson.

Cox, also 22 years of age, was Kent’s second-highest run-scorer in the 2022 Vitality Blast at a strike rate of 133.21.

In October 2022, the right-hander collected one of the game’s most-established awards after being voted NV Play Young Cricketer of the Year by the Cricket Writers’ Club’s membership.

The red-ball tour for England Lions will begin with a three-day warm-up match in Colombo on January 25 before two four-day Tests against Sri Lanka A in Galle.

The white-ball squad will then play three ODIs against Sri Lanka A in Colombo, with the opening match scheduled for 15 February.

ECB Performance Director, Mo Bobat, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to expose players to the challenges of playing A-team cricket in the sub-continent, which will be fantastic for their development.

“The series also provides us with the chance to observe the players ahead of this year’s World Cup as well as next winter’s Test series in India.

“The squads have been selected with careful consideration of each player’s individual programme. We’ve worked closely with the counties to understand the players’ best interests as we map their development opportunities. In some cases that includes enabling players to play in domestic franchise cricket.

“The ODI squad takes into account the strength in depth that we have across a number of key roles in our England Men’s white-ball teams and many of the players will join us directly from cricket they’ve been playing elsewhere, in Australia, South Africa or the UAE.

“After a hugely exciting and successful first half of the winter for our Test and Twenty20 teams, I am sure the Lions players will be suitably motivated to make the most of this opportunity.”

England Lions Test squad in full:

  • Tom Abell (Somerset)
  • Josh Bohannon (Lancashire)
  • Jack Carson (Sussex)
  • Sam Cook (Essex)
  • Matt Fisher (Yorkshire)
  • Nathan Gilchrist (Kent)
  • Tom Haines (Sussex)
  • Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)
  • Tom Hartley (Lancashire)
  • Jack Haynes (Worcestershire)
  • Lyndon James (Nottinghamshire)
  • Alex Lees (Durham)
  • Liam Patterson-White (Nottinghamshire)
  • Ollie Robinson (Durham)
  • Jamie Smith (Surrey)
  • Josh Tongue (Worcestershire)

England Lions ODI squad in full:

  • Tom Abell (Somerset)
  • Tom Banton (Somerset)
  • Jacob Bethell (Warwickshire)
  • Brydon Carse (Durham)
  • Sam Cook (Essex)
  • Jordan Cox (Kent)
  • Mason Crane (Hampshire)
  • Matt Critchley (Essex)
  • Matt Fisher (Yorkshire)
  • Sam Hain (Warwickshire)
  • Tom Hartley (Lancashire)
  • Tom Lammonby (Somerset)
  • Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
  • Tom Prest (Hampshire)
  • James Rew (Somerset)
  • Luke Wood (Lancashire)

The ECB is set to confirm the Head Coach and the captains for each squad before the series, while selection is subject to attainment of England Lions minimum fitness standards.

England Lions Tour of Sri Lanka Schedule (Timings are local):

  • Three-day warm-up match: SLC Board XI v England Lions; 25-27 January, RPICS Colombo (10:00 start)
  • First four-day Test: Sri Lanka A v England Lions; 31 January – 3 February, GICS Galle (10:00 start)
  • Second four-day Test: Sri Lanka A v England Lions; 7-10 February, GICS Galle (10:00 start)
  • First ODI: Sri Lanka A v England Lions; 15 February, RPICS Colombo (10:00 start)
  • Second ODI: Sri Lanka A v England Lions, 18 February, RPICS Colombo (10:00 start)
  • Third ODI: Sri Lanka A v England Lions, 21 February, RPICS Colombo (10:00 start)

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