Taylor and Qadri in England U19s squad

James Taylor and Hamidullah Qadri have been named in the England Under-19s squad for their tri-series against India and Bangladesh in July and August.

Taylor has been in fine form for the Second XI this season, taking 13 wickets across all formats and scoring one half-century, having claimed his first List A wickets when he took 2-66 at against Australia A in June.

Qadri has claimed five wickets in the seconds this campaign, and has featured in seven first-class matches throughout his career, claiming 18 wickets at an average of 33.72.  He was the leading wicket-taker with nine when England Under-19s faced Bangladesh in January.

The pair will join up with the rest of the 16-man England squad, all of whom will be available for selection for the ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa in early 2020.

The tri-series will begin on Sunday 21 July against India at Worcester, which is the first of eight matches that England are scheduled to play in, with the final taking place on Sunday 11 August between the two best teams over the course of the series.

England U19 Head Coach Jon Lewis said: “We’re expecting a big test against India and Bangladesh this summer – two countries who are very strong at this level of cricket.

“We enjoyed a brilliant learning experience on tour to Bangladesh in the New Year, where our players were tested in some unfamiliar conditions, so it will be interesting to see if we can turn the tables on home soil.

“These fixtures are excellent for developing a player’s skills, experience and character – some of the best young cricketers from the three countries will be battling against each other and these ‘best versus best’ experiences are what we feel give the players the greatest opportunity for learning whilst on the international pathway.”

England Under-19s Tri-Series against Bangladesh and India.

21 July: England v India (Worcester)
22 July: England v Bangladesh (Worcester)
26 July: England v India (Cheltenham College)
28 July: England v Bangladesh (Cheltenham College)
1 August: England v Bangladesh (Billericay CC)
3 August: England v India (Chelmsford)
5 August: England v Bangladesh (Beckenham)
9 August: England v India (Beckenham)
11 August: Tri-series final (Hove)

England Squad

George Balderson (Lancashire, captain) , Kasey Aldridge (Somerset), Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire), Tom Clark (Sussex), Jordan Cox (Kent), Blake Cullen (Middlesex), Joey Evison (Nottinghamshire), Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire), James Taylor (Derbyshire), Lewis Goldsworthy (Somerset), Jack Haynes (Worcestershire), George Hill (Yorkshire), Nick Kimber (Nottinghamshire), Dominic Leech (Yorkshire), Jack Morley (Lancashire), Daniel Mousley (Warwickshire).

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