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Lancashire players: 2019/20 winter plans

Lancashire players: 2019/20 winter plans

Where are some of the Lancashire squad heading off to during the winter as preparations for 2020 get underway

A number of Lancashire players are set for busy winters as preparations begin for the start of the 2020 season.

Though the 2019 English domestic season only finished three weeks ago, a host of the Red Rose staff are preparing for winters in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

The newest England call-ups, Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood, are busy preparing to depart for New Zealand for the Test and IT20 tour, which starts with a five-match T20 series beginning on Friday 1 November.

The Academy graduates will then hope to make their Test debuts in the two-match series which follows, with matches taking place in Mount Maunganui and Hamilton.

Jos Buttler could play alongside the pair in the red ball fixtures but has been rested for the IT20 series, while James Anderson is working towards a recovery in time for the South Africa series later in the winter following injury.

Also on England duty is George Balderson. The all-rounder will again captain England’s under-19 side on their tour of the Caribbean, where they will face West Indies and Sri Lanka in a tri-series.

It is the squad’s last chance to impress before the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa during January/February 2020, with Balderson leading a 16-man squad to the Caribbean.

Travelling to South Africa before the New Year are Liam Livingstone and Dane Vilas, who will be involved in the second edition of the Mzansi Super League, the country’s premier T20 competiton.

Livingstone will line up alongside the likes of Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock for 2018 runners-up Cape Town Blitz, while Vilas has made the switch from Jozi Stars to line up for Durban Heat.

The pair are due to face each other in the ninth match of the tournament on Sunday 17 November with the return fixture on Thursday 28 November in Cape Town.

Three more players will also be heading Down Under for a taste of grade cricket. George Lavelle is returning to North Sydney Cricket Club, while Brooke Guest and young batsman Owais Shah are also honing their skills in Australia over the winter months.

The remainder of the Lancashire squad will report back for winter testing and training in mid-November.

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