Jen­nings to cap­tain Lions in Sri Lanka

The Cricket Paper - - ENGLAND TOUR OF INDIA - By Seth Fran­cis

AF­TER be­ing plucked from the Lions to score a cen­tury in his Eng­land de­but, Keaton Jen­nings will be back with the Eng­land Lions as cap­tain in their se­ries against Sri Lanka.

Opener Jen­nings, 24, will be joined in Sri Lanka in Fe­bru­ary and March by Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duck­ett. Hameed is in­cluded in a 15-man squad for the first sec­tion, which is due to in­clude two four-day matches against Sri Lanka A, while Duck­ett is in a sep­a­rate 14-man squad for a five­match 50-over se­ries.

Jen­nings is one of ten play­ers in­cluded for both sec­tions of the tour af­ter the Lions beat Afghanistan in a first-class match last week.

Tom Al­sop, Joe Clarke, Liam Liv­ing­stone, Ben Foakes, Sam Cur­ran, Tom Cur­ran, Ol­lie Rayner, Craig Over­ton and Tom Helm are also in­volved in both parts of the tour. Hameed, Nick Gub­bins, Tom West­ley, Toby Roland-Jones and Jack Leach have been se­lected for the first part, with Duck­ett, Daniel Bell-Drum­mond, James Fuller and Josh Poys­den com­ing in for the 50-over se­ries.

Na­tional se­lec­tor James Whi­taker said: “Keaton Jen­nings im­pressed every­one on the Lions pro­gramme, with his lead­er­ship skills as well as his bat­ting. The Sri Lanka tour of­fers him the chance to gain fur­ther cap­taincy ex­pe­ri­ence as well as play­ing some high-qual­ity cricket in dif­fer­ent and chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

“Like Keaton and Ben Duck­ett, I know Hameed will rel­ish the chance of play­ing qual­ity cricket in Sri Lanka.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions also to Tom Helm and Josh Poys­den. They have been on the se­lec­tors’ radar for a while as play­ers of prom­ise, and that’s why they were in­vited to join the Lions in train­ing in Dubai – where they made a big im­pres­sion.” Squad for first sec­tion, in­clud­ing four-day matches v Sri

Lanka A: K Jen­nings (Durham, capt), H Hameed (Lancs), N Gub­bins (Mid­dle­sex), T Al­sop (Hamp­shire), T West­ley (Es­sex), J Clarke (Worcs), L Liv­ing­stone (Lancs), B Foakes (Sur­rey), S Cur­ran (Sur­rey), T Cur­ran (Sur­rey), T Roland-Jones (Mid­dle­sex), T Helm (Mid­dle­sex), C Over­ton (Som­er­set), O Rayner (Mid­dle­sex), J Leach (Som­er­set). Squad for 50-over se­ries v Sri Lanka A: K Jen­nings (capt), D Bell-Drum­mond (Kent), T Al­sop, B Duck­ett, J Clarke, L Liv­ing­stone, B Foakes, S Cur­ran, T Cur­ran, C Over­ton, T Helm, J Fuller (Mid­dle­sex), O Rayner, J Poys­den (Warks)

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