Saqib Mahmood named in England Lions side to face Australia A
Mahmood gets Lions call-up
Lancashire bowler Saqib Mahmood has been named in the England Lions squad for their four-day match against Australia A, starting on Sunday 14 July.
The 22 year-old has enjoyed a productive 2019 campaign already, particularly impressing in the Royal London One-Day Cup where he ended up as the competition's leading wicket taker with 28 wickets from 10 games.
Mahmood will miss Lancashire's Specsavers County Championship fixture against Sussex at Emirates Old Trafford, starting on Saturday 13 July.
Lions Head Coach Andy Flower said: “We’re really looking forward to a great challenge against a very experienced Australia A side, some of whom will be looking to stake a claim for Ashes selection.
“We’ve got a very good squad of players travelling with us to Canterbury; one that’s more than capable of delivering a positive result.
“Lions selection is always tricky. We’ve got an eye on the England team’s short-term needs ahead of a busy winter schedule, but we’re looking at some medium- and long-term prospects as well. We also need to respect the counties’ needs during this busy time in the domestic season.
“While some players will be playing at this level for the first time, there is plenty of experience in our squad too. This will be a great learning opportunity for all these players and a chance to test themselves against a strong opposition.”
England Lions squad
James Bracey (Gloucestershire)
Zak Crawley (Kent)
Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)
Ben Foakes (Surrey)
Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
Jack Leach (Somerset)
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
Sam Northeast (Hampshire)
Jamie Porter (Essex)
Ollie Robinson (Sussex)
Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)