Liam Livingstone was notable for his absence from the England Lions squad, which will overshadow the senior team in Australia this winter, as Dom Sibley was given the Ashes lifeline.
Hale Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood have been added to a 14-strong party that will head down under the English Test experts on November 4, ignoring their Lancashire teammate Leung Stone.
The all-rounder had a brilliant white ball summer with the bat and although he maintains Test ambitions, and averages 38.36 at the first-class level, his chances of making a case are limited by his limited overs promises. ۔
He is part of England’s Twenty20 World Cup squad and could leave for Australia at the end of the Big Bash League tournament, so he can be groomed by England if needed in the winter.
But despite former England captains Nasir Hussain and Michael Vaughan expressing the view that they would select Livingstone in last week’s 17-member Ashes squad, Livingstone is below the red ball picking order.
“Liam is clearly a player of great talent,” said Mo Bobat, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s performance director. “From the point of view of the red ball, quite simply, it felt like there were other players ahead of him.
He has done incredibly well in whiteball cricket but in the last two years some of his red ball numbers have not been what he wanted and perhaps he has lost a bit of cricket by living in an England environment.
“It is safe to say from Liam’s point of view that he is a potential player but for any player who is in and around Australia and can be in the country, they become the resources of the game that we call May have to. “
Hussein and Van also suggested that they select league spinner Parkinson and fast bowler Mahmoud Joe Root to lead the team. Parkinson took 102 first-class wickets at 23.35 while Mahmood’s extra speed could provide extra bowling firepower in the absence of injured Joffra Archer and Oli Stone.
He is part of the standby squad that can advance his claims for promotion in two intra-squad games, while there will also be a match against Australia A on December 16 before the return dates.
Opening batsman Sabley is also in the Lions mix, having lost his central contract last week and was dropped from the Ashes squad after a long spell of form during the summer.
“I would say that a player can make a great case and be ready for the Ashes,” Bobat added. “Ultimately there is a real opportunity for some of these players to do what they want in front of the England captain.”
Sibley is one of four players included in the Test line-up – other league break bowlers Mason Crane and wicketkeeper-batsmen Ben Fox and James Bressi – but James Vance is another shortcoming.
We have named our England Lions squad for the tour of Australia.
– England cricket (genglandcricket) October 14, 2021.
Alex Liz is back six years after joining the final lines, while another opener at Robbets has been rewarded for scoring five first-class centuries this year, the most since Root in 2021.
Yates, whose runs have helped Warkshire double in the LV = Insurance County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy this year, as well as Lancashire batsman Josh Bohanan, Surrey wicketkeeper Jamie Smith and Bears seamer Liam Norwell this winter. Your first lines are ready to experiment.
Bryden Carsey, who got his first taste of international cricket in July when he helped England in a one-day clean sweep of Pakistan, is joined by fast bowler Matthew Fisher and batsman Tom Able.
The ECB revealed that the choice is conditional on all individuals “passing the minimum fitness standards for lions”. No captain has been named yet while coaching will be appointed on time.
England Lions squad visits Australia: T. Abel (Somerset), J. Bohannon (Lancashire), J. Bracey (Gloucestershire), B. Carsey (Durham), M. Crane (Hampshire), M. Fisher (Yorkshire), B. Focus (Surrey), A. Lease (Durham), S. Mahmoud (Lancashire), L. Norwell (Warwickshire), M. Parkinson (Lancashire), D. Sibley (Warwickshire), J. Smith (Surrey), Ritts (Warwickshire).