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England Lions (cricket team)
Personnel
Owner England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
Team information
Founded 1982
Official website: Official Website

The England Lions (formerly England A) cricket team is England and Wales's "second-tier", 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 played for England Lions in the past twelve months. The captain of the side typically varies from series to series — Keaton Jennings was selected as the captain for the England's tour of West Indies in March and April 2017[5], whilst Steven Mullaney was chosen for the home tri-series versus West Indies A and India A[6].

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
Batsmen
Rory Burns 27 Left-handed Right-arm medium Surrey 2018 vs India A [7]
Joe Clarke 22 Right-handed Worcestershire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 35
Alastair CookTest, ODI, T20I 33 Left-handed Right-arm slow Essex 2018 vs India A [7] 26
Ben DuckettTest, ODI 23 Left-handed Northamptonshire 2017–18 tour of Australia[8] 59
Nick Gubbins 24 Left-handed Right-arm leg break Middlesex 2018 vs India A [7] 62
Sam Hain 22 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Warwickshire 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 48
Haseeb HameedTest 21 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break Lancashire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5]
Keaton JenningsTest 26 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Lancashire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 65
Dan Lawrence 21 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Essex 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 68
Liam LivingstoneT20I 24 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Lancashire 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 27
Tom Kohler-Cadmore 23 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Yorkshire 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 43
Dawid MalanTest, T20I 30 Left-handed Right arm leg spin Middlesex 2018 vs India A [7] 29
Sam Northeast 28 Right-handed Right-arm off break Kent 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 54
Tom WestleyTest 29 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Essex 2017–18 tour of Australia[8] 56
Wicket-keepers
Alex Davies 23 Right-handed Lancashire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 36
Ben Foakes 25 Right-handed Surrey 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 50
Ollie Pope 20 Right-handed Surrey 2018 vs India A [7]
All-rounders
Paul Coughlin 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium Nottinghamshire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 49
Sam CurranTest, ODI 20 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Surrey 2018 vs India A [7] 58
Liam DawsonTest, ODI, T20I 28 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Hampshire 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 83
Steven Mullaney 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Nottinghamshire 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 73
Craig OvertonTest, ODI 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Somerset 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 32
Chris WoakesTest, ODI, T20I 29 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Warwickshire 2018 vs India A [7] 19
Pace bowlers
Matthew Fisher 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Yorkshire 2018 vs India A [7] 74
George Garton 21 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Sussex 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 52
Richard Gleeson 30 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Northamptonshire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 71
Tom Helm 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Middlesex 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 85
Chris Jordan Test, ODI, T20I 29 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Sussex 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 34
Saqib Mahmood 21 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Lancashire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 61
Jamie Porter 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Essex 2018 vs India A [7]
Toby Roland-JonesTest, ODI 30 Right-handed Right-arm fast Middlesex 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 22
Josh Tongue 20 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Worcestershire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5]
Reece Topley ODI, T20I 24 Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast Hampshire 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 23
Mark Wood Test, ODI, T20I 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast Durham 2017–18 tour of Australia[8] 33
Spin bowlers
Dominic BessTest 20 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Somerset 2018 vs India A [7] 47
Mason Crane T20I 21 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break Hampshire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 44
Matt Critchley 21 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break Derbyshire 2017–18 tour of West Indies[5] 73
Jack LeachTest 27 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Somerset 2018 vs India A [7]
Matt Parkinson 21 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break Lancashire 2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[6] 70
Amar Virdi 19 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Surrey 2017–18 tour of Australia[8]

Results summary

Season-by-season

Season Country First-class v A team Other first-class List A v A team Other List A Twenty20 v A team Other Twenty20
W D L W D L W L T/NR W L T/NR W L T/NR W L T/NR
England B (1982–1985/86)
1982 Pakistan 0 1 0
1985/86 Sri Lanka 0 7 0 2 3 0
England A (1989/90–2006/07)
1989/90 Zimbabwe[9] 1 2 0 3 0 0
1990/91 Pakistan[10] 0 1 0 1 0 0
Sri Lanka 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
1991 England 1 1 0
1991/92 West Indies 0 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 0
1992 England 0 1 0
1992/93 Australia 0 2 2 0 1 0
1993 England 0 0 1
1993/94 South Africa 0 1 0 4 2 1
1994 England 0 1 0
1994/95 India 3 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 0
1995 England 1 0 0
1995/96 Pakistan 1 2 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
1996 England 1 0 0
1996/97 Australia 2 1 0 2 0 1
1997 England 0 1 0
1997/98 Kenya[11] 1 0 0 1 0 1[12]
Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1
1998/99 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 0[12] 1 3 0 0 2 0 1[12]
South Africa 2 0 0
1999/2000 Bangladesh[13] 0 2 0 1 0 0
New Zealand 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 0
2000/01 West Indies 3 4 1
2003/04 India 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 0
2004/05 Sri Lanka[14] 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 0
2005/06 West Indies 0 1 1 2 3 0
2006/07 Bangladesh 1 1 0 2 1 0
England Lions (2007–present)
2007 West Indies 0 1[15] 0
India 0 1 0 0 1 0
2007/08 India[16] 1 0 1
2008 New Zealand 0 1 0
South Africa 1 1 0
2008/09 New Zealand 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0
2009 West Indies 1 0 0
Australia 0 1 0
2009/10 Pakistan[17] 1 2 0 2 1 0
England[17] 1 0 0
2010 Bangladesh 1 0 0
West Indies[18] 2 0 0
India[18] 2 0 1
2010/11 West Indies[19] 2 5 0
2011 Sri Lanka 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0
2011/12 Bangladesh 2 3 0 1 1 0
Sri Lanka 3 2 0
2012 West Indies 1 0 0
Australia 0 2 0
2012/13 Australia 0 4 1[20] 0 2 0
2013 New Zealand 0 1 0
Bangladesh 2 1 0
2013/14 Sri Lanka 1 2 0 0 2 0
2014 Sri Lanka[21] 2 0 0
New Zealand[21] 0 2 0
2014/15 South Africa 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 1 1
2015/16 Pakistan[22] 2 3 0 3 2 0 1 0 0
2016 Sri Lanka[23] 2 0 0
Pakistan[23] 2 0 0
2018 West Indies[24] 2 0 0
India[24] 1 2 0

Head-to-head

Team First-class List A Twenty20
W D L W L T/NR W L T/NR
Australians 0 1 0
Australia A 0 2 0 0 4 1
Bangladesh 0 2 0 1 0 0
Bangladesh A 1 1 0 6 5 0 1 1 0
Bangladeshis 1 0 0
Barbados 0 2 0 1 0 0
Border 0 1 0
Central Districts 1 0 0
Central Zone 1 0 0
Combined XI 1 0 0
Combined Campuses and Colleges 0 1 0
Eastern Province 1 0 0
East Zone 0 0 1
England 1 0 0
Essex 0 1 1
Gauteng XI 1 1 0
Guyana 0 2 1
India A 3 0 0 4 4 1
Indian Board President's XI 0 1 0
Indians 0 1 0 0 0 1
Indian Youth XI 1 0 0
Jamaica 1 1 0
Karachi 0 1 0
Karnataka 0 1 0
Kenya 0 1 0 1 0 2
Leeward Islands 1 1 0
Mashonaland 1 0 1
Middlesex 0 1 0
Natal 0 0 1
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
New Zealanders 0 2 0
Northern Transvaal 1 0 0
North Island 0 1 0
Orange Free State 0 1 0
Pakistan A 1 2 0 3 5 0 5 3 0
Pakistan Cricket Board XI 1 0 0 2 0 0
Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI 0 1 0
Pakistanis 0 2 0
Pakistan University Grants Commission 0 1 0
Queensland 0 2 0
The Rest 1 1 0
South Africa A 0 3 0 3 1 1
South African Board President's XI 1 0 0
South Africans 1 1 0
South Australia 1 0 1 1 0 0
Southern Districts XI 1 0 0
South Island 1 0 0
South Zone 0 0 1
Sri Lanka 0 5 0 2 3 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
Sri Lankans 1 0 1 1 1 0
Tamil Nadu 1 0 0
Tasmania 0 1 0 0 1 0
Transvaal 1 0 0
Trinidad and Tobago 0 3 0
United Arab Emirates 1 0 0
Victoria 1 0 0 0 2 0
Warwickshire 1 0 0
Western Province 1 0 0
West Indians 2 0 0 0 1 0
West Indies A 0 2 3 4 3 0
West Indies B 1 0 0
West Zone 0 0 1
Windward Islands 2 1 0
Zimbabwe 1 2 0 3 0 0
Zimbabwe A 1 1 0 3 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

Notes

  1. ^ "Solanki to lead England 'Lions'", 2007-06-15, BBC Sport. Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  2. ^ "Strauss calls the tune", England and Wales Cricket Board.
  3. ^ "Deluge denies Lions", England and Wales Cricket Board.
  4. ^ "Yardy leads Lions in India", 2008-01-04, England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved on 2008-01-04.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Ben Duckett dropped for England Lions tour to West Indies". BBC Sport. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "England Lions name squad for Tri-Series against India A and West Indies A". ECB. 22 June 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Dom Bess, Jack Leach and Alastair Cook in Lions XI to play India A". ESPNCricinfo. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c d "England Lions: Mark Wood, Tom Westley & Keaton Jennings in squad for Australia". BBC Sport. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017. 
  9. ^ England A played their three first-class matches against the full Zimbabwean side rather than the A team.
  10. ^ The tour was called off after two matches because of the start of the Gulf War.
  11. ^ All four matches were played against the full Kenyan side.
  12. ^ a b c One further match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
  13. ^ All three matches were played against the full Bangladeshi side.
  14. ^ 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)
  15. ^ Match played against the full West Indian side.
  16. ^ England Lions played as a guest team in the Duleep Trophy, an Indian domestic competition.
  17. ^ a b Matches played in the United Arab Emirates.
  18. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against West Indies A and India A.
  19. ^ England Lions played in the Regional Four Day Competition, a domestic competition in the West Indies.
  20. ^ Match abandoned with no toss having taken place.
  21. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A.
  24. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against India A and Windies A.
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