TROTT GETS LIONS CALL-UP

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JONATHAN TROTT has been se­lected for Eng­land Lions’ new year tour of South Africa, mark­ing a pos­si­ble full in­ter­na­tional come­back.

The 33-year-old bats­man has not fea­tured for Eng­land since his pre­ma­ture de­par­ture from last win­ter’s Ashes tour.

An aborted re­turn to county cricket with War­wick­shire in April raised ma­jor doubts about his fu­ture, but after a sec­ond at­tempt Trott fin­ished the sea­son in good form.

And the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board have in­cluded him in the 14-man group that will play two first-class matches against his na­tive South Africa in Jan­uary.

ECB na­tional se­lec­tor James Whi­taker said: “Jonathan Trott’s ex­cep­tional form and run scor­ing for War­wick­shire at the end of the sum­mer has re­sulted in his se­lec­tion.”

Mid­dle­sex bats­man Sam Rob­son, who opened the bat­ting in all seven Test matches this sum­mer, will join Trott in the squad – in­di­cat­ing his lack­lus­tre form at the top of the or­der has left ques­tions still to an­swer.

There is a call-up for Kent off­spin­ner Adam Ri­ley, tipped by many as the like­li­est long-term heir to Graeme Swann’s man­tle.

Trott, Rob­son and Ri­ley will be re­placed by Lan­cashire spin­ner Stephen Parry, Not­ting­hamshire all-rounder Samit Pa­tel and ex­plo­sive Sur­rey bats­man Ja­son Roy for the one-day leg.

Of the 11 play­ers tak­ing part in both for­mats, seven come from County cham­pi­ons York­shire.

Adam Lyth and Alex Lees, the White Rose county’s open­ers, will play along­side team-mates Jonny Bairstow, Gary Bal­lance, Jack Brooks, Liam Plun­kett and Adil Rashid.

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