The selection of Middlesex batsman Robson means Lyth’s Yorkshire team-mate and opening partner at county level, Alex Lees – both of them excelling in a Championship title-winning campaign – will drop down the order to No 3.
Lyth – voted the The Yorkshire Post Sports Hero of 2014 by readers – will, in particular, be looking to put forward a strong case for inclusion on the three Test-match tour to the West Indies last this year with the home Ashes series to follow
Jonathan Trott, folowing a strong return to the fold with Warwickshire, will captain a side which includes a strong pace attack of Yorkshire’s Liam Plunkett and Jack Brookes along with Boyd Rankin, and Mark Wood.
Another Yorkshire player – Adil Rashid – completes the bowling line-up as a leg-spinning all-rounder.
Rashid’s county team-mate Jonny Bairstow will keep wicket as one of five players in the side who have Test experience with England.
England Lions: Lyth (Yorkshire), Robson (Middlesex), Lees (Yorks), Trott (Warwickshire, capt), Vince (Hampshire), Bairstow (Yorks, wkt), Rashid (Yorkshire), Plunkett (Yorks), Wood (Durham), Rankin (Warwickshire), Brooks (York).