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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.
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.
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.Later in the summer against the touring Indians the Lions drew a 3-day match at Chelmsford. and had a one-day match abandoned due to rain at Northampton.
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.
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.
|Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||County||Most recent call-up||S/N|
|Tom Abell||27||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Somerset||2019–20 tour of Australia|
|Zak Crawley Test||23||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Kent||2019–20 tour of Australia||56|
|Ben Duckett Test, ODI, T20I||26||Left-handed||—||Nottinghamshire||2019 vs Australia A||45|
|Laurie Evans||33||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Sussex||2019–20 tour of Australia||60|
|Sam Hain||25||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Warwickshire||2019–20 tour of Australia||48|
|Keaton Jennings Test||29||Left-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Lancashire||2019–20 tour of Australia||65|
|Dan Lawrence||23||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Essex||2019–20 tour of Australia||68|
|Tom Kohler-Cadmore||26||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Yorkshire||2019–20 tour of Australia||43|
|Sam Northeast||31||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Hampshire||2019–20 tour of Australia|
|Dom Sibley Test||25||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Warwickshire||2019–20 tour of Australia||52|
|James Bracey||24||Left-handed||—||Gloucestershire||2019–20 tour of Australia||90|
|Ben Cox||29||Right-handed||—||Worcestershire||2019–20 tour of Australia|
|Ben Foakes Test, ODI, T20I||28||Right-handed||—||Surrey||2019 vs Australia A||50|
|Tom Moores||24||Left-handed||—||Nottinghamshire||2019–20 tour of Australia|
|Ollie G. Robinson||22||Right-handed||—||Kent||2019–20 tour of Australia|
|Sam Curran Test, ODI, T20I||23||Left-handed||Left-arm medium-fast||Surrey||2019 vs Australia A||58|
|Lewis Gregory T20I||29||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Somerset||2019–20 tour of Australia||31|
|Will Jacks||22||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Surrey||2019–20 tour of Australia||85|
|Craig Overton Test, ODI||27||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Somerset||2019–20 tour of Australia||32|
|Henry Brookes||21||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Warwickshire||2019–20 tour of Australia||78|
|Brydon Carse||25||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||Durham||2019–20 tour of Australia||92|
|Richard Gleeson||33||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Lancashire||2019–20 tour of Australia||71|
|Saqib Mahmood T20I, ODI||24||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||Lancashire||2019–20 tour of Australia||25|
|Matt Milnes||26||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Kent||2019–20 tour of Australia|
|Jamie Porter||28||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||Essex||2019 vs Australia A|
|Ollie E. Robinson||27||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||Sussex||2019–20 tour of Australia||57|
|Dominic Bess Test||23||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Somerset||2019–20 tour of Australia||47|
|Mason Crane Test, T20I||24||Right-handed||Right-arm leg-break||Hampshire||2019–20 tour of Australia||44|
|Jack Leach Test||30||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Somerset||2019 vs Australia A||77|
|Amar Virdi||22||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break||Surrey||2019–20 tour of Australia|
= withdrawn before start of tour or during warm-up matches.
|Season||Country||First-class v. A team||Other first-class||List A v. A team||Other List A||Twenty20 v. A team||Other Twenty20|
|England B (1982–1985/86)|
|England A (1989/90–2006/07)|
|England Lions (2007–present)|
|Combined Campuses and Colleges||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Indian Board President's XI||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Indian Youth XI||1||0||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|New South Wales||0||0||1||1||0||1||—||—||—|
|New Zealand A||1||3||0||2||4||1||0||1||0|
|New Zealand Academy||—||—||—||2||0||0||—||—||—|
|Orange Free State||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Pakistan Cricket Board XI||1||0||0||2||0||0||—||—||—|
|Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Pakistan University Grants Commission||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|South Africa A||0||3||0||3||1||1||—||—||—|
|South African Board President's XI||1||0||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Southern Districts XI||1||0||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Sri Lanka A||4||7||1||9||11||0||—||—||—|
|Sri Lanka Board President's XI||1||1||0||0||1||0||—||—||—|
|Sri Lanka Colts XI||0||2||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI||—||—||—||1||0||0||—||—||—|
|Sri Lanka Emerging Players||0||2||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Trinidad and Tobago||0||3||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|United Arab Emirates||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||0||0|
|West Indies A||0||2||3||4||3||0||—||—||—|
|West Indies B||1||0||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Zimbabwe Country Districts||—||—||—||1||0||0||—||—||—|
|Zimbabwe Cricket Academy||—||—||—||0||0||1||—||—||—|
|Zimbabwe Cricket Union President's XI||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Up to date as of 16 December 2015.
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