YORKSHIRE’s Mosun Hussain and Jared Warner have been named in a 17-man England Development Programme squad that will fly to Dubai on Thursday to train at world cricket’s headquarters.
Batsman Hussain and pace bowler Warner will take part in a 10-day training camp at the International Cricket Council Academy in Dubai.
The news follows hot on the heels of seven Yorkshire players being named in England’s provisional 30-man squad for next year’s World Cup.
Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Jack Brooks have all been chosen for the provisional party, while Alastair Cook has been confirmed as captain for the competition in Australia and New Zealand next February and March.
The England Development Programme squad, which features players from across the Under-17/Under-19 age groups, has been working at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough in recent weeks.
After their trip to Dubai, the EDP players will be split up in the New Year and embark on separate tours.
The wider U-17 squad will take on Pakistan U-17s in the UAE in February, while the wider U-19 party will play Australia U-19s in March/April.
The ICC training camp, which finishes on December 21, is being viewed as excellent preparation for those trips and is the first tour overseen by Andy Hurry, the former Somerset coach and now head of the England Development Programme.
“The EDP training camp to the UAE serves two important purposes,” said Hurry.
“First, it provides an early opportunity to expose this group of young players to challenging sub-continental conditions in a world-class training environment at the ICC Academy.
“Secondly, it allows us to work with the country’s highest potential young players in an England cricket environment for a concentrated period of time.
“Together, the overall aim of the ten days is to facilitate a progression in skill execution, alongside developing an appreciation of what it takes to train and play at the highest level.”
Hussain and Warner’s inclusion in the EDP squad is just the latest feather in the cap for a Yorkshire club who are leading the way not only in English first-class cricket, but also in the development of players for all England squads.
No county boasts Yorkshire’s strength in depth, which is emphasised by the fact that the club also have seven players in the England Lions’ squad for the tour of South Africa in the New Year.
As Yorkshire’s senior representative at international level, Root is not in that Lions’ party, with opening batsmen Adam Lyth and Alex Lees joining Ballance, Rashid, Plunkett, Bairstow and Brooks.
The selectors have named separate squads for the first-class and one-day legs of the Lions’ trip, with the Yorkshire septet included in both. However, the two squads – including captains – are not expected to be absolutely confirmed until after the ongoing one-day international series between Sri Lanka and England, which is scheduled to end on December 16.
England’s final World Cup squad will also be announced around that time.
One notable omission from the provisional World Cup squad is Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott.
Trott had to leave last winter’s Ashes series with a stress-related illness but gradually returned to health and form during the English summer.