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Bairstow and Lees are off to Sri Lanka

— 13 December 2013

Yorkshire pair Jonny Bairstow and Alex Lees have been selected in the 15-man England Lions squad to face Sri Lanka A in February and March 2014.

Bairstow, who is currently touring Australia with the senior side, is one of three players to have already received full England caps along with Chris Woakes, Simon Kerrigan and James Taylor. Lees, who was capped in the summer by the Lions and has just returned from Australia with the England Performance Programme, will be looking to cement his role as one of the two openers.

England selector James Whitaker said: “We believe that the 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. A full schedule can be found here

England Lions Squad:

Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) *Capt
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Scott Borthwick (Durham)
Varun Chopra (Warwickshire)
Ben Foakes (Essex)
James Harris (Middlesex)
Chris Jordan (Sussex)
Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire)
Alex Lees (Yorkshire)
Tymal Mills (Essex)
James Overton (Somerset)
Sam Robson (Middlesex)
James Taylor (Nottinghamshire)
James Vince (Hampshire)

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