England Lions cricket team

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The England Lions (formerly England A) cricket team is England and Wales' ‘second-tier’ team, below the full England cricket team. It is largely intended as a way for promising young cricketers to gain experience of playing international cricket.


England B and England A

Although primarily intended as a touring team, for several years in the 1990s they played one match in England at the start of each season: between 1992 and 1995 against the previous season's county champion and in 1996 and 1997 against a Rest of England team. England A also played two List A games against the full Sri Lankan touring side in England in 1991.

Previously a second tier team known as "England B" played one game against the Pakistanis in 1982 and had made a full tour of Sri Lanka in 1985/86. The first full tour by a team named "England A" was to Zimbabwe in 1989/90, and consisted of three first-class matches and three 50-over games. On this occasion England A played against the full Zimbabwe side, but on subsequent tours their most important opponents have usually been the equivalent A teams of the countries they have been touring. However, England A has toured Australia but has never played a match against their Australian A team counterparts.

They also often play matches against state or provincial sides, and in 2000/01 England A participated in the Busta Cup, the West Indian domestic first-class competition, finishing in third place out of the eight teams taking part. In 2003/04 England A took part in India's Duleep Trophy competition, but failed to progress beyond the group stages after losing both their matches. There were no England A matches played in the period between these two tours.

England Lions

The newly rebranded England Lions was then integrated with the ECB National Academy, with touring parties taken from the Academy squad. On 15 June 2007, it was announced by the ECB (English & Welsh Cricket Board) the inaugural Lions side would play a one-day touring warm-up match against the West Indies at Worcester. [1] Later in the summer against the touring Indians the Lions drew a 3-day match at Chelmsford. [2] and had a one-day match abandoned due to rain at Northampton. [3]

On 4 January 2008 the squad for the England Lions tour of India was named, with Sussex batsman Michael Yardy named as captain. The team competed in the 2008 Duleep Trophy domestic first-class competition in addition to friendly matches. [4]

Recent call-ups

This lists all the players who have been selected for England Lions since the start of the 2019 season and their most recent call-up. In that period squads have been named for:

The captain of the side typically varies from series to series. Players who have played international cricket for the main England side are noted with superscripts.

NameAgeBatting styleBowling styleCountyMost recent call-upS/N
Tom Abell 27Right-handed Right-arm medium Somerset 2019–20 tour of Australia [6]
Zak Crawley Test23Right-handed Right-arm off-break Kent 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 56
Ben Duckett Test, ODI, T20I26Left-handed Nottinghamshire 2019 vs Australia A Dagger-14-plain.png [5] 45
Laurie Evans 33Right-handed Right-arm off-break Sussex 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 60
Sam Hain 25Right-handed Right-arm off-break Warwickshire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 48
Keaton Jennings Test29Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Lancashire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 65
Dan Lawrence 23Right-handed Right-arm off-break Essex 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 68
Tom Kohler-Cadmore 26Right-handed Right-arm off-break Yorkshire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 43
Sam Northeast 31Right-handed Right-arm off break Hampshire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6]
Dom Sibley Test25Right-handed Right-arm off-break Warwickshire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 52
James Bracey 24Left-handed Gloucestershire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 90
Ben Cox 29Right-handed Worcestershire 2019–20 tour of Australia [7]
Ben Foakes Test, ODI, T20I28Right-handed Surrey 2019 vs Australia A [5] 50
Tom Moores 24Left-handed Nottinghamshire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6]
Ollie G. Robinson 22Right-handed Kent 2019–20 tour of Australia [6]
Sam Curran Test, ODI, T20I23Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Surrey 2019 vs Australia A [5] 58
Lewis Gregory T20I29Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Somerset 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 31
Will Jacks 22Right-handed Right-arm medium Surrey 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 85
Craig Overton Test, ODI27Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Somerset 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 32
Pace bowlers
Henry Brookes 21Right-handed Right-arm medium Warwickshire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 78
Brydon Carse 25Right-handed Right-arm fast Durham 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 92
Richard Gleeson 33Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Lancashire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 71
Saqib Mahmood T20I, ODI24Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Lancashire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 25
Matt Milnes 26Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Kent 2019–20 tour of Australia [6]
Jamie Porter 28Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Essex 2019 vs Australia A [5]
Ollie E. Robinson 27Right-handed Right-arm medium Sussex 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 57
Spin bowlers
Dominic Bess Test23Right-handed Right-arm off-break Somerset 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 47
Mason Crane Test, T20I24Right-handed Right-arm leg-break Hampshire 2019–20 tour of Australia [6] 44
Jack Leach Test30Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Somerset 2019 vs Australia A [5] 77
Amar Virdi 22Right-handed Right-arm off-break Surrey 2019–20 tour of Australia [6]

Dagger-14-plain.png = withdrawn before start of tour or during warm-up matches.

Results summary


SeasonCountryFirst-class v. A teamOther first-classList A v. A teamOther List ATwenty20 v. A teamOther Twenty20
England B (1982–1985/86)
1985/86Sri Lanka070230
England A (1989/90–2006/07)
1989/90Zimbabwe [8] 120300
1990/91Pakistan [9] 010100
Sri Lanka030100140
1991/92West Indies012020100
1993/94South Africa010421
1997/98Kenya [10] 100101 [11]
Sri Lanka210110030001
1998/99Zimbabwe11000 [11] 1300201 [11]
South Africa200
1999/2000Bangladesh [12] 020100
New Zealand110210201200
2000/01West Indies341
2004/05Sri Lanka [13] 101130100
2005/06West Indies011230
England Lions (2007–present)
2007West Indies01 [14] 0
2007/08India [15] 101
2008New Zealand010
South Africa110
2008/09New Zealand020020010
2009West Indies100
2009/10Pakistan [16] 120210
England [16] 100
West Indies [17] 200
India [17] 201
2010/11West Indies [18] 250
2011Sri Lanka010001210
Sri Lanka320
2012West Indies100
2012–13 Australia041 [19] 020
2013New Zealand010
2013/14Sri Lanka120020
2014Sri Lanka [20] 200
New Zealand [20] 020
2014/15South Africa020010311
2015/16Pakistan [21] 230320100
2016Sri Lanka [22] 200
Pakistan [22] 200
2018 West Indies [23] 200
India [23] 120


TeamFirst-classList ATwenty20
Australians 010
Australia A 020041
Bangladesh 020100
Bangladesh A 110650110
Bangladeshis 100
Barbados 020100
Border 010
Central Districts 100
Central Zone 100
Combined XI100
Combined Campuses and Colleges 010
Eastern Province 100
East Zone 001
England 100
Essex 011
Gauteng XI 110
Guyana 021
India A 300441
Indian Board President's XI 010
Indians 010001
Indian Youth XI100
Jamaica 110
Karachi 010
Karnataka 010
Kenya 010102
Leeward Islands 110
Mashonaland 101
Middlesex 010
Natal 001
New South Wales 001101
New Zealand A 130241010
New Zealand Academy200
New Zealanders 020
Northern Transvaal 100
North Island 010
Orange Free State 010
Pakistan A 120350530
Pakistan Cricket Board XI 100200
Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI 010
Pakistanis 020
Pakistan University Grants Commission010
Queensland 020
The Rest110
South Africa A 030311
South African Board President's XI 100
South Africans 110
South Australia 101100
Southern Districts XI100
South Island100
South Zone 001
Sri Lanka 050230
Sri Lanka A 4719110
Sri Lanka Board President's XI 110010
Sri Lanka Colts XI020
Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI 100
Sri Lanka Emerging Players020
Sri Lankans 101110
Tamil Nadu 100
Tasmania 010010
Transvaal 100
Trinidad and Tobago 030
United Arab Emirates 100
Victoria 100020
Warwickshire 100
Western Province 100
West Indians 200010
West Indies A 023430
West Indies B100
West Zone 001
Windward Islands 210
Zimbabwe 120300
Zimbabwe A 110300
Zimbabwe Country Districts100
Zimbabwe Cricket Academy001
Zimbabwe Cricket Union President's XI 010

Up to date as of 16 December 2015.

See also


  1. "Solanki to lead England 'Lions'", 2007-06-15, BBC Sport. Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  2. "Strauss calls the tune Archived 2007-10-26 at the Wayback Machine ", England and Wales Cricket Board.
  3. "Deluge denies Lions Archived 2008-10-07 at the Wayback Machine ", England and Wales Cricket Board.
  4. "Yardy leads Lions in India Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine ", 2008-01-04, England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved on 2008-01-04.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "England Lions name squad for four-day match with Australia A". ECB. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 "England Lions squads confirmed for tour of Australia". ECB. 16 December 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  7. 1 2 "Ben Cox to replace injured wicketkeeper Tom Moores for Lions' 50-over matches in Australia". CricInfo. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  8. England A played their three first-class matches against the full Zimbabwean side rather than the A team.
  9. The tour was called off after two matches because of the start of the Gulf War.
  10. All four matches were played against the full Kenyan side.
  11. 1 2 3 One further match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
  12. All three matches were played against the full Bangladeshi side.
  13. England took part in a triangular one-day tournament also involving Pakistan A. There were two games against Sri Lanka A (W1 L1) and two against Pakistan A (L2)
  14. Match played against the full West Indian side.
  15. England Lions played as a guest team in the Duleep Trophy, an Indian domestic competition.
  16. 1 2 Matches played in the United Arab Emirates.
  17. 1 2 England Lions played in a triangular series against West Indies A and India A.
  18. England Lions played in the Regional Four Day Competition, a domestic competition in the West Indies.
  19. Match abandoned with no toss having taken place.
  20. 1 2 England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A.
  21. England Lions toured the United Arab Emirates, playing five List-A and five Twenty20 matches against Pakistan A and one unofficial Twenty20 and two 50-over games against the UAE national side.
  22. 1 2 England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A.
  23. 1 2 England Lions played in a triangular series against India A and Windies A.

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