Morgan to lead Lions

Middlesex batman to skipper strong Lions squad against Aussies

Last Updated: 27/07/12 12:29pm

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Eoin Morgan: Will captain England Lions against Australia A this summer

Eoin Morgan: Will captain England Lions against Australia A this summer

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Eoin Morgan has been named captain in a 13-man England Lions squad to face Australia A later this summer.

The Middlesex batsman is one of five players named in a strong-looking squad who have previously represented England at Test level.

Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow, Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell are also included in the squad, which will face Australia A in two four-day fixtures on August 7 at Old Trafford and August 14 at Edgbaston.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "The Lions team and England Performance Programme plays an important role in the development of future England players and this fixture will present an opportunity for our players to show us that they are capable of representing England at Test level in the future.

"We expect Australia A to provide tough opposition and look forward to seeing how some of our most talented players outside the Test squad perform in these two matches."

England Lions squad:

Eoin Morgan (capt) (Middlesex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Matt Coles (Kent), Nick Compton (Somerset), James Harris (Glamorgan), Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire), Craig Kieswetter (WK) (Somerset), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

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