England Lions (cricket team)

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The England Lions (formerly England A) cricket team is England and Wales's "second-tier", 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 B and England A[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

This lists all the players who have played for England Lions in the past twelve months. The captain of the side typically varies from series to series — Dawid Malan was the captain for the List A tri-series against Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A in July 2016.

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
Tom Alsop 21 Left-handed bat Slow left-arm orthodox Hampshire 2016 triangular series
Daniel Bell-Drummond 23 Right-handed bat Right-arm medium-fast Kent 2016 triangular series 79
Joe Clarke 20 Right-handed bat Worcestershire 2016 triangular series 80
Ben DuckettTest,ODI 22 Left-handed bat Northamptonshire 2016 triangular series 59
Liam Livingstone 23 Right-handed bat Right-arm leg break Lancashire 2016 triangular series 87
Dawid Malan 29 Left-handed bat Right-arm leg break Middlesex 2016 triangular series 78
James VinceTest,ODI,T20 25 Right-handed bat Right-arm medium Hampshire 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates 14
Tom Westley 27 Right-handed bat Right-arm off-break Essex 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates 56
Wicket-keepers
Sam BillingsODI,T20 25 Right-handed bat Kent 2016 triangular series 7
Ben Foakes 23 Right-handed bat Essex 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates 50
All-rounders
Liam DawsonT20 26 Right-handed bat Slow left-arm orthodox Hampshire 2016 triangular series 83
Brett D'Oliveira 24 Right-handed bat Right-arm leg break Worcestershire 2016 triangular series 57
Ross Whiteley 28 Left-handed bat Left-arm medium Worcestershire 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates
Pace bowlers
Jake BallTest,ODI 25 Right-handed bat Right-arm medium Nottinghamshire 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates 81
Sam Curran 18 Left-handed bat Left-arm medium-fast Surrey 2016 triangular series 82
Tom Curran 21 Right-handed bat Right-arm fast-medium Surrey 2016 triangular series 35
Steven FinnTest,ODI,T20 27 Right-handed bat Right-arm fast-medium Middlesex 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates 11
George Garton 19 Left-handed bat Left-arm medium-fast Sussex 2016 triangular series 86
Saqib Mahmood 19 Right-handed bat Right-arm fast-medium Lancashire 2016 triangular series 61
Tymal MillsT20 24 Right-handed bat Left-arm fast Sussex 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates 72
Jamie Overton 22 Right-handed bat Right-arm fast Somerset 2016 triangular series 75
Toby Roland-Jones 28 Right-handed bat Right-arm fast Middlesex 2016 triangular series 84
Reece TopleyODI,T20 22 Right-handed bat Left-arm medium-fast Hampshire 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates 23
Mark Wood Test,ODI,T20 26 Right-handed bat Right-arm fast Durham 2016 triangular series 33
Spin bowlers
Stephen ParryODI,T20 30 Right-handed bat Slow left-arm orthodox Lancashire 2015–16 tour of United Arab Emirates 12

Results summary[edit]

Season-by-season[edit]

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[5] 1 2 0 3 0 0
1990/91 Pakistan[6] 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[7] 1 0 0 1 0 1[8]
Sri Lanka 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 1
1998/99 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 0[8] 1 3 0 0 2 0 1[8]
South Africa 2 0 0
1999/2000 Bangladesh[9] 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[10] 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[11] 0
India 0 1 0 0 1 0
2007/08 India[12] 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[13] 1 2 0 2 1 0
England[13] 1 0 0
2010 Bangladesh 1 0 0
West Indies[14] 2 0 0
India[14] 2 0 1
2010/11 West Indies[15] 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[16] 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[17] 2 0 0
New Zealand[17] 0 2 0
2014/15 South Africa 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 1 1
2015/16 Pakistan[18] 2 3 0 3 2 0 1 0 0
2016 Sri Lanka[19] 2 0 0
Pakistan[19] 2 0 0

Head-to-head[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Solanki to lead England 'Lions'", 2007-06-15, BBC Sport. Retrieved on 2007-06-21.
  2. ^ "Strauss calls the tune", England and Wales Cricket Board.
  3. ^ "Deluge denies Lions", England and Wales Cricket Board.
  4. ^ "Yardy leads Lions in India", 2008-01-04, England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved on 2008-01-04.
  5. ^ England A played their three first-class matches against the full Zimbabwean side rather than the A team.
  6. ^ The tour was called off after two matches because of the start of the Gulf War.
  7. ^ All four matches were played against the full Kenyan side.
  8. ^ a b c One further match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
  9. ^ All three matches were played against the full Bangladeshi side.
  10. ^ 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)
  11. ^ Match played against the full West Indian side.
  12. ^ England Lions played as a guest team in the Duleep Trophy, an Indian domestic competition.
  13. ^ a b Matches played in the United Arab Emirates.
  14. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against West Indies A and India A.
  15. ^ England Lions played in the Regional Four Day Competition, a domestic competition in the West Indies.
  16. ^ Match abandoned with no toss having taken place.
  17. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and New Zealand A.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ a b England Lions played in a triangular series against Sri Lanka A and Pakistan A.