England Lions cricket team

The England Lions (formerly England A) cricket team is England and Wales' ‘second-tier’ team, 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 Lions cricket team
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Personnel
OwnerEngland and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
Team information
Founded1982
Official websiteOfficial Website

England B and England AEdit

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 LionsEdit

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-upsEdit

This lists all the players who have been selected for England Lions since the start of the 2019 season and their most recent call-up. In that period squads have been named for:

  • A four-day match at home against Australia A in July 2019.[5]
  • A tour of five 50-over matches and three four-day matches in Australia in February and March 2020.[6][7]

The captain of the side typically varies from series to series. 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
Tom Abell 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium Somerset 2019–20 tour of Australia[6]
Zak CrawleyTest 22 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Kent 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 56
Ben DuckettTest, ODI, T20I 25 Left-handed Nottinghamshire 2019 vs Australia A  [5] 45
Laurie Evans 32 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Sussex 2019–20 tour of Australia[6]
Sam Hain 24 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Warwickshire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 48
Keaton JenningsTest 28 Left-handed Right-arm medium-fast Lancashire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 65
Dan Lawrence 22 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Essex 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 68
Tom Kohler-Cadmore 25 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Yorkshire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 43
Sam Northeast 30 Right-handed Right-arm off break Hampshire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 54
Dom SibleyTest 24 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Warwickshire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 52
Wicket-keepers
James Bracey 23 Left-handed Gloucestershire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 23
Ben Cox 28 Right-handed Worcestershire 2019–20 tour of Australia[7]
Ben FoakesTest, ODI, T20I 27 Right-handed Surrey 2019 vs Australia A[5] 50
Tom Moores 23 Left-handed Nottinghamshire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6]
Ollie G. Robinson 21 Right-handed Kent 2019–20 tour of Australia[6]
All-rounders
Sam CurranTest, ODI, T20I 22 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Surrey 2019 vs Australia A[5] 58
Lewis GregoryT20I 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Somerset 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 31
Will Jacks 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium Surrey 2019–20 tour of Australia[6]
Craig OvertonTest, ODI 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Somerset 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 32
Pace bowlers
Henry Brookes 20 Right-handed Right-arm medium Warwickshire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6]
Brydon Carse 24 Right-handed Right-arm fast Durham 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 92
Richard Gleeson 32 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Lancashire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 71
Saqib MahmoodT20I, ODI 23 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Lancashire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 61
Matt Milnes 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Kent 2019–20 tour of Australia[6]
Jamie Porter 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Essex 2019 vs Australia A[5]
Ollie E. Robinson 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium Sussex 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 57
Spin bowlers
Dominic BessTest 22 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Somerset 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 47
Mason CraneTest, T20I 23 Right-handed Right-arm leg-break Hampshire 2019–20 tour of Australia[6] 44
Jack LeachTest 29 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Somerset 2019 vs Australia A[5] 77
Amar Virdi 21 Right-handed Right-arm off-break Surrey 2019–20 tour of Australia[6]

  = withdrawn before start of tour or during warm-up matches.

Results summaryEdit

Season-by-seasonEdit

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[8] 1 2 0 3 0 0
1990/91 Pakistan[9] 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[10] 1 0 0 1 0 1[11]
Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1
1998/99 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 0[11] 1 3 0 0 2 0 1[11]
South Africa 2 0 0
1999/2000 Bangladesh[12] 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[13] 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[14] 0
India 0 1 0 0 1 0
2007/08 India[15] 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[16] 1 2 0 2 1 0
England[16] 1 0 0
2010 Bangladesh 1 0 0
West Indies[17] 2 0 0
India[17] 2 0 1
2010/11 West Indies[18] 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[19] 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[20] 2 0 0
New Zealand[20] 0 2 0
2014/15 South Africa 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 1 1
2015/16 Pakistan[21] 2 3 0 3 2 0 1 0 0
2016 Sri Lanka[22] 2 0 0
Pakistan[22] 2 0 0
2018 West Indies[23] 2 0 0
India[23] 1 2 0

Head-to-headEdit

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.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Solanki to lead England 'Lions'", 2007-06-15, BBC Sport. Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  2. ^ "Strauss calls the tune Archived 2007-10-26 at the Wayback Machine", England and Wales Cricket Board.
  3. ^ "Deluge denies Lions Archived 2008-10-07 at the Wayback Machine", England and Wales Cricket Board.
  4. ^ "Yardy leads Lions in India Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine", 2008-01-04, England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved on 2008-01-04.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "England Lions name squad for four-day match with Australia A". ECB. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "England Lions squads confirmed for tour of Australia". ECB. 16 December 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Ben Cox to replace injured wicketkeeper Tom Moores for Lions' 50-over matches in Australia". CricInfo. 3 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  8. ^ England A played their three first-class matches against the full Zimbabwean side rather than the A team.
  9. ^ The tour was called off after two matches because of the start of the Gulf War.
  10. ^ All four matches were played against the full Kenyan side.
  11. ^ a b c One further match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
  12. ^ All three matches were played against the full Bangladeshi side.
  13. ^ 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)
  14. ^ Match played against the full West Indian side.
  15. ^ England Lions played as a guest team in the Duleep Trophy, an Indian domestic competition.
  16. ^ a b Matches played in the United Arab Emirates.
  17. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against West Indies A and India A.
  18. ^ England Lions played in the Regional Four Day Competition, a domestic competition in the West Indies.
  19. ^ Match abandoned with no toss having taken place.
  20. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A.
  23. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against India A and Windies A.