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Chris Woakes to captain England Lions in Sri Lanka

Chris Woakes: Lions skipper for Sri Lanka tour

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Chris Woakes will captain the England Lions squad for their tour of Sri Lanka in February and March next year.

The Warwickshire all-rounder will skipper a 15-man squad which includes four men capped by England at Test level - Jonny Bairstow, Simon Kerrigan, James Taylor and Woakes himself.

Middlesex batsman Sam Robson receives his first England Lions call up, having starred for the England Performance Programme squad in Australia, scoring two centuries.

England selector James Whitaker said: "We believe that this Lions squad contains an excellent mix of players that have had International exposure, combined with emerging young talent that we hope can flourish on this tour to Sri Lanka.

"All our Lions tours and England Performance Programmes play a vital role in the development of future England players."

"The opportunity to train and play in the sub-continent will be an invaluable experience and under the guidance of coach Mark Robinson we are convinced all the players will learn a great deal."

England Lions will play five matches in Sri Lanka. After departing from the UK on January 27, the Lions will play two three-day matches against a Sri Lanka A Team Emerging Players XI in Colombo. The squad will then travel to Kandy for the first of three four-day matches against the Sri Lanka A team.

A second match will follow in Dambulla before the squad return to Colombo for the final game of the tour.

Squad: Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Scott Borthwick, Varun Chopra, Ben Foakes, James Harris, Chris Jordan, Simon Kerrigan, Alex Lees, Tymal Mills, James Overton, Sam Robson, James Taylor, James Vince