Ashes: Dom Sibley and Saqib Mahmood named in Lions squad to join full England group in Australia

ECB has named a 14-man squad for the Lions tour of Australia this winter; opening batter Dom Sibley and quick bowler Saqib Mahmood are a part of the group set to complement England’s Ashes squad; fit-again wicketkeeper Ben Foakes additionally included; Liam Livingstone misses out

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Dom Sibley missed out on England’s Ashes squad however is included within the Lions group that can journey with Joe Root’s aspect

Opener Dom Sibley and quick bowler Saqib Mahmood have been included in a 14-man Lions squad to affix England’s Ashes group for the tour of Australia.

Sibley has two centuries and 5 fifties to his title in 22 Assessments since making his debut in November 2019 however was dropped two matches into the collection in opposition to India this summer season after a string of low scores.

The 26-year-old Warwickshire right-hander additionally acquired criticism for his unorthodox approach and sluggish scoring charge however his inclusion in a Lions group set to complement Joe Root’s Ashes squad this winter backs up England head coach Chris Silverwood’s feedback final week that there may nonetheless be a future for Sibley in worldwide cricket.

Mahmood, in the meantime, is uncapped at Check stage however was a part of the squad throughout the India collection after impressing for England in white-ball cricket earlier in the summertime and has a superb document in first-class cricket for Lancashire.

Saqib Mahmood was player of the series as England beat Pakistan across three ODIs this summer

Saqib Mahmood was participant of the collection as England beat Pakistan throughout three ODIs this summer season

The quick bowler, 24, is broadly thought to be the following in line ought to one in all England’s seamers go down, significantly given the absence of Jofra Archer and Olly Stone and Mahmood’s capability to the touch 90mph, however he should first show his health after a aspect harm brought about him to overlook the ultimate weeks of the county season.

Nonetheless, there is no such thing as a place for Mahmood’s Lancashire team-mate Liam Livingstone. The batting all-rounder had a breakthrough summer season for England in white-ball cricket and regardless of struggling in home red-ball this 12 months, he averages 38.36 after 62 first-class matches and nonetheless has ambitions to play Check cricket.

His omission is believed to allow him to play within the Huge Bash League so the 28-year-old would nonetheless be available ought to England resolve to draft him in mid-series.

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Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes is one in all 4 gamers within the group with Check caps to their title – alongside Sibley, James Bracey and Mason Crane – and returns after recovering from a torn hamstring harm sustained after slipping within the dressing room following a County Championship match in Might.

Crane, whose solely Check cap got here in Sydney on England’s final Ashes tour, is one in all two frontline leg-spinners within the squad, together with Lancashire’s Matt Parkinson.

Proper-handed batter Josh Bohannon, additionally of Lancashire, Surrey wicketkeeper-batter Jamie Smith and the Warwickshire duo of seamer Liam Norwell and opener Rob Yates are all new to the Lions set-up whereas Durham opener Alex Lees comes again into the fold after six years away.

Chris Silverwood says his side's Ashes squad is 'well-balanced' and there is strong belief that they can 'do something very special' on this winter's tour of Australia

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Chris Silverwood says his aspect’s Ashes squad is ‘well-balanced’ and there may be sturdy perception that they will ‘do one thing very particular’ on this winter’s tour of Australia

Chris Silverwood says his aspect’s Ashes squad is ‘well-balanced’ and there may be sturdy perception that they will ‘do one thing very particular’ on this winter’s tour of Australia

The 14-man squad will fly out to Australia alongside England’s Check specialists on November 4 topic to passing Lions minimal health requirements within the coming weeks.

They may play a three-day and a four-day intra-squad match in Queensland and also will tackle Australia A in a four-day match – the dates and venue for that are nonetheless to be confirmed – earlier than flying house on December 16.

Lions squad in full: Tom Abell (Somerset), Josh Bohannon (Lancashire), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Alex Lees (Durham), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Liam Norwell (Warwickshire), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Jamie Smith (Surrey), Rob Yates (Warwickshire)

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