Willey back in the England fold

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Northamptonshire all-rounder David Willey was today named in the England Lions squad to play in forthcoming series against New Zealand A and Sri Lanka A.

The 24-year-old, who toured with the national second-string in the winter but had to return home because of injury, will join up with a strong squad next month.

The 13-man group will be managed by the ECB’s technical director of elite coaching Andy Flower and contains players like Steven Finn, Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Patel and captain James Taylor who all have Test match experience.

They will play two 50-over matches against each of the touring teams as part of a triangular series.

National selector James Whitaker said: “With the Royal London One-Day International series against India rapidly approaching and next winter’s tour to Sri Lanka and ICC Cricket World Cup also firmly in our sights, this is the perfect opportunity for these players to impress the selectors in the 50-over format of the game.”

Squad: James Taylor (Nottinghamshire) captain, Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ravi Patel (Middlesex), Tom Smith (Lancashire), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northamptonshire).