Derbyshire fast bowlers Alfie Gleadall and Sam Conners have been selected in a 15-man England Under-19s squad for the three-match Royal London One-Day Series against South Africa later this month.
18-year-old Gleadall made his international debut last week and returned match figures of 3-71 in the Under-19s victory in the first Youth Test against South Africa at Scarborough.
He is joined in the squad by Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with the University of Derby fast bowler, Sam Conners. The tall quick impressed selectors at a recent Invitational XI fixture at Loughborough and will be aiming to earn his first international cap.
Jon Lewis, the Young Lions head coach, said: “The focus for our players remains on four-day cricket, with our second ‘Test’ at the Emirates Riverside starting on Monday. But the three-match Royal London One-Day Series is just as important in terms of giving our young players experience of international white-ball cricket – especially with the first game of the series being shown live on Sky Sports, which will be a new experience for the majority of our squad.
“As with the selection of the four-day squad, we have followed a policy of allowing players who are gaining regular first-team experience in county cricket to stay with their counties. The performances of guys like Harry Brook, Henry Brookes, Will Jacks and Dillon Pennington this season are so encouraging for all of us who worked with them on the Young Lions programme over the last couple of years, to see how they’re kicking on.”
Liam Banks – Warwickshire, Tom Banton – Somerset (captain), Ben Charlesworth – Gloucestershire, Sam Conners – Derbyshire, Jordan Cook – Nottinghamshire, Jack Davies – Middlesex, Adam Finch – Worcestershire, Alfie Gleadall – Derbyshire,Jack Haynes – Worcestershire,Luke Hollman – Middlesex, Nick Kimber – Nottinghamshire, Jack Plom – Essex, Ollie Robinson – Kent, Jamie Smith – Surrey, Harrison Ward – Sussex.
The ODI matches take place on 23 July (Emirates Riverside), 26 July (South Northumberland CC) and 29 July (Scarborough CC). All start at 11am, with the first to be shown live on Sky Sports.
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