Six Yorkshire players set to play for Lions

YORKSHIRE’S Adam Lyth and Sam Robson will open the batting when England Lions begin their tour of South Africa with a three-day game against an Invitational XI in Soweto today.

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

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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).