England Performance Director , Mo Bobat, challenged members of the Lions team to make their way through the test after a group was announcede of 14 players who will join those already selected for the Ashes on the flight to Australia and provide opposition to training and two warm-up matches.
A young squad entirely in their twenties consists of four players with testing experience in Dom Sibley, Ben Foakes, Mason Crane and James Bracey. Also included are two Lancashire bowlers who were widely tipped for selection to the Ashes team, crimper Saqib Mahmood and spinner Matt Parkinson, but Bobat insisted that for them and others the window of opportunity remains open.
"This will definitely be something that will motivate these players, "said Bobat. "There will be some, and I know it's had some of those conversations, who are disappointed not to be part of the full Ashes squad." We chose an Ashes team of 17, which might not be as great.and than it could be. Ultimately it gives us a chance to reflect, a bit of flexibility as well, and in fact, if a couple of players really stand out from this Lions experience, it will really give Joe Root and Chris Silverwood to think about.
"There are some players out there that we all think are really exciting, and there's a good chance they'll take their time to develop, put their skills in a good place, go to Australia, acclimatize yourself and present a compelling case.
There are also notable omissions at Sam Cook, the 24-year-old Essex seamer, who took 58 first-class wickets this summer at a average of 14.43, and Liam Livingstone, currently with the T20 World Cup squad after a year in breakout at white-ba ll cricket.
"Do we think there is a player with great potential in all disciplines?: hitter, bowling and fielding? Yes, definitely, ”Bobat said of Livingstone. "This is someone we will continue to be interested in. But from the point of view of the red ball, in layman's terms, I felt there were others players ahead of him at the moment. "
The Lions team will travel to Australia with the players selected for the Ashes who will not compete in the FIFA World Cup. world on November 4. The two groups will be quarantined together and face each other in two competitive matches, and the Lions will then play a game against Australia A before the players not selected to stay in England on December 16. Counties vote to abandon conference system
First class counties decided on Thursday to abandon the conference system conference tested in the County Championship and backtwo
The new structure, which was decided in 2018 and was initially to be introduced in 2020 only for Covid- 19 forces a postponement, will see 10 teams - Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Surrey, Warwickshire and Yorkshire - compete in the first
The teams are in the
In a statement on their website, Nottinghamshire cricket director Mick Newell said:, with the final positions to determine the
“However, after the vote, that was not the result. This is, of course, disappointing, but it does not take away from the accomplishments of our team. "