Essex trio get call-ups
PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 September 2016
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Lawrence, Beard and Westley join winter squads
Essex youngsters Dan Lawrence and Aaron Beard have been named as part of the England international pathway squads announced by the ECB today.
And Tom Westley has received a call-up to the England Lions set-up for their training camps and matches against the UAE and Afghanistan.
More than 50 players aged 17 to 30 have been selected for the four components of the pathway this winter, with Beard named in the Young Lions squad for training camps in Loughborough and Dubai.
Former Trinity High School pupil Lawrence, meanwhile, will head to Perth alongside Nottinghamshire’s Tom Moores for an overseas placement.
Former Essex batsman Andy Flower will lead the 18-man Lions squad to Dubai, for three 50-over matches against the UAE at the ICC Academy and a three-day match against Afghanistan at Sharjah.
He said: “This squad is for the first half of our Lions programme this winter.
“Firstly to build on some of the leadership work we did at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst last winter, which leads into a short camp at Loughborough, before we head out to Dubai later in November.
“We are taking 18 players because whereas last winter, and in our Tri-Series this summer, our focus was specifically on white-ball cricket, this year we will be working on both white-ball and red-ball skills.
“Developing skill will remain the highest priority of our work, with a range of specialist coaches to work with the players in the excellent facilities at the ICC Academy, and initially the opportunity to do that away from the different demands of competition.
“However towards the end of the camp we will play as England Lions in white-ball and red-ball fixtures, and an England Lions squad will then be selected later in December for a tour of Sri Lanka in February and March which will again involve white-ball and red-ball fixtures.”
David Parsons, the ECB’s performance director who leads the international pathway, added: “We hope that bringing all aspects of the pathway together in this form will help us to show the range of ways in which the ECB is working with the first-class counties to prepare players for international cricket.
“Our relationships with the counties are stronger and more collaborative than ever, and it is in these winter months that we can really offer additional value to the players, investing in their development by giving them high-quality cricketing experiences overseas – helping to bridge the gap to international cricket.
“It’s also important for us that the different elements of the Pathway work together. For example this December the Lions and Young Lions will be together in Dubai for a short period, and most of the Lions coaches will stay on to work specifically with the Young Lions later in the month.
“We’ve already seen players such as Sam Curran, George Garton and Saqib Mahmood advance rapidly from the England Under-19s to the Lions this year, and Sam has now been selected for the Lions training camp while George and Saqib will be on the Pace Programme, and other recent Under-19 internationals such as Mason Crane, Dan Lawrence, Tom Moores and Aneurin Donald will be on Overseas Placements in Sydney or Perth.”
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