Kent Cricket Academy graduate Ollie Robinson has been selected in the England Under-19s’ 15-man squad for the three-match Royal London One-Day Series against South Africa later this month.
The 19-year-old Sidcup-born wicketkeeper-batsman has been in prolific form with the bat in the second XI and for his Premier League club side Beckenham.
Kent second XI coach and former England spinner Min Patel will remain with the squad, captained by Tom Banton.
The Somerset batsman who was appointed captain for the two four-day “Tests” against South Africa – and scored a century in England’s win in the opening “Test” in Scarborough this week – will again lead the team.
He will be joined by 12 more members of the “Test” squad, and two newcomers: Jordan Cook, an off-spinner from Nottinghamshire; and Jamie Smith, a batsman from Surrey.
Jon Lewis, the Young Lions head coach who joined John Abrahams and David Graveney on the selection panel, said: “The focus for our players remains on four-day cricket, with our second ‘Test’ at the Emirates Riverside starting on Monday.
But the three-match Royal London One-Day Series is just as important in terms of giving our young players experience of international white-ball cricket – especially with the first game of the series being shown live on Sky Sports, which will be a new experience for the majority of our squad.
“As with the selection of the four-day squad, we have followed a policy of allowing players who are gaining regular first-team experience in county cricket to stay with their counties. The performances of guys like Harry Brook, Henry Brookes, Will Jacks and Dillon Pennington this season are so encouraging for all of us who worked with them on the Young Lions programme over the last couple of years, to see how they’re kicking on.”
Fixtures: 23 July (Chester-le-Street), 26 July (Gosforth), 29 July (Scarborough)
England Under-19s squad: Liam Banks (Warwickshire), Tom Banton (Somerset, captain), Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire), Sam Conners (Derbyshire), Jordan Cook (Nottinghamshire), Jack Davies (Middlesex), Adam Finch (Worcestershire), Alfie Gleadall (Derbyshire), Jack Haynes (Worcestershire), Luke Hollman (Middlesex), Nick Kimber (Nottinghamshire), Jack Plom (Essex), Ollie Robinson (Kent), Jamie Smith (Surrey), Harrison Ward (Sussex).