Rehan Ahmed Gets Drafted In England Lions For Series Against South Africa

Rehan Ahmed Gets Drafted In England Lions For Series Against South Africa

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05 Jul 2022
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Legspinner Rehan Ahmed, 17, after a successful season for Leicestershire in the T20 Blast, will get a chance to play for England Lions in two 50-over matches against touring South Africa next week.

Rehan Ahmed took 12 wickets in four matches for England in this year’s Under-19 World Cup and displayed his quick-witted googlies. He took 19 wickets in the group stages of the Blast, the most for any right-arm legspinner, and would be given a chance as one of two frontline spinners in the Lions team.

Warwickshire left-arm wrist spinner Jake Lintott has also been included to test the depth of his wrists as England, Matt Parkinson, make up the main white-ball team spot against India, while Adil Rashid makes the Haj pilgrimage. are in Saudi Arabia.

Somerset captain Tom Abell will lead a team consisting of three players who have previously won England’s full caps in Tom Banton, Ben Duckett and David Payne. 20-year-old top-order batsman Will Smed may make his List A debut after a stellar start to his T20 career.

Sam Hain will be given a chance to show his recent improvement at No 3 after two full seasons without playing a 50-over game. He has the highest List A average of all time and has been a regular in the Lions side, but has made great strides in T20 cricket recently, improving his strike rate significantly.

The two matches against South Africa will take place at the same time as England’s ODI and County Championship matches against India. ECB performance director Mo Bobat thanked the counties for their “collaborative approach … enabling us to produce stronger teams”.

The ECB said the first match in Taunton on 12 July would “allow full team participation” to help South Africa prepare for the ODI series, but the second game at New Road was held as an 11-a-side List A game. will be played as

South Africa last month selected a 17-man ODI squad to be captained by Keshav Maharaj in Temba Bavuma’s absence due to injury.

England Lions squad: Tom Abell (c), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Banton (wk), Sam Cooke, Ben Duckett, Stephen Eskinazzi, Sam Hahn, Adam Hose, Benny Howell, Jake Lintott, David Payne, George Scrimshaw, Will Smead

Fixtures: 12 July – 1st 50-over match, Taunton; 14 July – Second 50 over match, New Road

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