Yorkshire’s magnificent seven get Lions call-up

SEVEN members of Yorkshire’s County Championship-winning side have been selected for England Lions’ New Year tour of South Africa.

THREE LIONS: Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and Gary Ballance are part of a seven-strong Yorkshire contingent to be picked for the England Lions New Year tour of South Africa. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.
THREE LIONS: Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett and Gary Ballance are part of a seven-strong Yorkshire contingent to be picked for the England Lions New Year tour of South Africa. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid are named in the first-class and one-day squads.

Jonathan Trott has also been selected, marking the first step towards a possible full international comeback.

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The 33-year-old batsman has not featured for England since his premature departure from last winter’s Ashes tour.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have decided to reintegrate him into their plans with a place in the provisional 14-man group that will play two first-class matches against his native South Africa in January.

He will not be kept on for the five one-day matches that follow.

England Lions first-class squad: Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance (both Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth (all Yorkshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Adam Riley (Kent), Sam Robson (Middlesex), Jonathan Trott (Warwicks), James Vince (Hampshire).

One-day squad: Bairstow, Ballance, Billings, Brooks, Lees, Lyth, Overton, Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Samit Patel (Notts), Plunkett, Rankin, Rashid, Jason Roy (Surrey), Vince.