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
Personnel
OwnerEngland and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
Team information
Founded1982
Official website:Official Website

England B and England A

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 Lions

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-ups

This lists all the players who have been selected for England Lions since the start of the 2018 season and their most recent call-up. In that period squads have been named for:

  • A Tri-Series of five ODIs at home against India A and West Indies A in June and July 2018[5]
  • A Test at home against India A in July 2018[6]
  • A series of one Test, five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches against Pakistan A in the United Arab Emirates in November and December 2018[7]
  • A series of five ODIs and two Tests away against India A in January and February 2019[8]

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
Rory BurnsTest29Left-handedRight-arm mediumSurrey2018 vs India A[6]
Joe Clarke23Right-handedNottinghamshire2018–19 tour of India [9]35
Alastair CookTest, ODI, T20I34Left-handedRight-arm slowEssex2018 vs India A[6]26
Ben DuckettTest, ODI, T20I25Left-handedNottinghamshire2018–19 tour of India[8]45
Nick Gubbins25Left-handedRight-arm leg breakMiddlesex2018–19 tour of Pakistan (in UAE)[7]62
Sam Hain24Right-handedRight-arm off-breakWarwickshire2018–19 tour of India[8]48
Max Holden22Left-handedRight-arm off-breakMiddlesex2018–19 tour of India[8]
Liam LivingstoneT20I26Right-handedRight-arm leg breakLancashire2018–19 tour of Pakistan (in UAE)[7]23
Tom Kohler-Cadmore25Right-handedRight-arm off-breakYorkshire2018–19 tour of India [9]43
Dawid MalanTest, T20I32Left-handedRight arm leg spinMiddlesex2018 vs India A[6]29
Jason RoyTest, ODI, T20I29Right-handedRight-arm mediumSurrey2018–19 tour of Pakistan (in UAE)[7]20
Wicket-keepers
Sam BillingsODI, T20I28Right-handedKent2018–19 tour of India[8]7
Alex Davies25Right-handedLancashire2018–19 tour of India[8]79
Ben FoakesTest26Right-handedSurrey2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[5]50
Tom Moores23Left-handedNottinghamshire2018–19 tour of India [10]
Ollie PopeTest21Right-handedSurrey2018–19 tour of India[8]80
All-rounders
Sam CurranTest, ODI21Left-handedLeft-arm medium-fastSurrey2018 vs India A[6]58
Liam DawsonTest, ODI, T20I29Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxHampshire2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[5]83
Lewis Gregory27Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumSomerset2018–19 tour of India[8]31
Will Jacks21Right-handedRight-arm mediumSurrey2018–19 tour of India[9]
Steven Mullaney33Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastNottinghamshire2018–19 tour of India[10]73
Craig OvertonTest, ODI25Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastSomerset2018–19 tour of Pakistan (in UAE)[7]32
Chris WoakesTest, ODI, T20I30Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumWarwickshire2018 vs India A[6]19
Pace bowlers
Tom Bailey28Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumLancashire2018–19 tour of India[11]87
Zak Chappell23Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumNottinghamshire2018–19 tour of India[8]82
Matthew Fisher22Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastYorkshire2018 vs India A[6]74
Tom Helm25Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastMiddlesex2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[5]85
Chris JordanTest, ODI, T20I31Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumSussex2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[5]34
Saqib Mahmood22Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumLancashire2018–19 tour of India[8]61
Jamie Overton25Right-handedRight-arm fastSomerset2018–19 tour of India[8]75
Jamie Porter26Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastEssex2018–19 tour of India[8]
Josh Tongue22Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumWorcestershire2018–19 tour of Pakistan (in UAE)[7]
Reece TopleyODI, T20I25Right-handedLeft-arm medium-fastHampshire2018 tri-series vs West Indies A & India A[5]23
Mark WoodTest, ODI, T20I29Right-handedRight-arm fastDurham2018–19 tour of Pakistan (in UAE)[7]33
Spin bowlers
Dominic BessTest22Right-handedRight-arm off-breakSomerset2018–19 tour of India[8]47
Danny BriggsODI, T20I28Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxSussex2018–19 tour of India[8]54
Matthew Carter23Right-handedRight-arm off-breakNottinghamshire2018–19 tour of India[8]88
Jack LeachTest28Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxSomerset2018 vs India A[6]
Matt Parkinson23Right-handedRight-arm leg-breakLancashire2018–19 tour of Pakistan (in UAE)[7]70
Amar Virdi21Right-handedRight-arm off-breakSurrey2018–19 tour of India[8]

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

Results summary

Season-by-season

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[12] 1 2 0 3 0 0
1990/91 Pakistan[13] 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[14] 1 0 0 1 0 1[15]
Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1
1998/99 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 0[15] 1 3 0 0 2 0 1[15]
South Africa 2 0 0
1999/2000 Bangladesh[16] 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[17] 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[18] 0
India 0 1 0 0 1 0
2007/08 India[19] 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[20] 1 2 0 2 1 0
England[20] 1 0 0
2010 Bangladesh 1 0 0
West Indies[21] 2 0 0
India[21] 2 0 1
2010/11 West Indies[22] 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[23] 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[24] 2 0 0
New Zealand[24] 0 2 0
2014/15 South Africa 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 1 1
2015/16 Pakistan[25] 2 3 0 3 2 0 1 0 0
2016 Sri Lanka[26] 2 0 0
Pakistan[26] 2 0 0
2018 West Indies[27] 2 0 0
India[27] 1 2 0

Head-to-head

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 also

Notes

  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. "England Lions name squad for Tri-Series against India A and West Indies A". ECB. 22 June 2018.
  6. "Dom Bess, Jack Leach and Alastair Cook in Lions XI to play India A". ESPNCricinfo. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  7. "England Lions squad confirmed for UAE tour". ECB. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  8. "England Lions squads confirmed for India tour". ECB. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  9. "Ashley Giles the disciplinarian demands tough cricket from England". The Guardian. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. "Steven Mullaney added to Lions squad to face India A". Cricinfo. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  11. "Pakistan heritage causes India visa delay for England Lion Saqib Mahmood". Cricinfo. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  12. England A played their three first-class matches against the full Zimbabwean side rather than the A team.
  13. The tour was called off after two matches because of the start of the Gulf War.
  14. All four matches were played against the full Kenyan side.
  15. One further match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
  16. All three matches were played against the full Bangladeshi side.
  17. 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)
  18. Match played against the full West Indian side.
  19. England Lions played as a guest team in the Duleep Trophy, an Indian domestic competition.
  20. Matches played in the United Arab Emirates.
  21. England Lions played in a triangular series against West Indies A and India A.
  22. England Lions played in the Regional Four Day Competition, a domestic competition in the West Indies.
  23. Match abandoned with no toss having taken place.
  24. England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A.
  25. 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.
  26. England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A.
  27. England Lions played in a triangular series against India A and Windies A.
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