Porter & Alastair Cook set for England Lions Duty

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Alastair Cook and Jamie Porter have been picked for the England Lions’ upcoming match against India A in mid-July. England National Cricket Selectors have named an XI that will represent England Lions in a four-day match, starting on Monday 16 July at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester. Over half of the side (Alastair Cook, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dom Bess, Jack Leach) have represented their country at Test level.

England Lions side versus India A:
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Rory Burns (Surrey)
Nick Gubbins (Middlesex)
Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
Ollie Pope (Surrey)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Sam Curran (Surrey)
Dom Bess (Somerset)
Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire)
Jack Leach (Somerset)
Jamie Porter (Essex)

Warwickshire all-rounder Woakes will use the match as part of his rehabilitation from his injured right quad and knee. He is expected to return as a batsman in Warwickshire’s three-day second XI match against Leicestershire, starting on Tuesday, July 10 at Kibworth Cricket Club. He will then play a full part in the Lions’ match at Worcester.

If selected in England’s third ODI at Headingley on Tuesday, July 17, Surrey’s Sam Curran will miss the Lions’ match and a replacement will be called up. The captain will be announced on the morning of the match.

> Four-day match: England Lions v India A, 16-19 July 2018, Blackfinch New Road, Worcester (11.00am BST start)