England Lions call on Buck
The England selectors today announced that Leicestershire pace bowler Nathan Buck had been called up to the England Lions squad in the West Indies.
The 19-year-old right-armer will replace Middlesex and England pace bowler Steven Finn in the squad for the warm-up period and the Lions’ opening two first-class fixtures against Leeward Islands and Barbados in the WICB’s regional four-day competition.
Finn will remain in Australia with England’s one-day squad until the end of the current ODI series following the calf injury sustained by Tim Bresnan last week.
He is then scheduled to join the Lions in the Caribbean ahead of their third fixture against Trinidad and Tobago starting on February 18.
Warwickshire fast bowler Chris Woakes is scheduled to replace Finn for the second half of the tour, which begins on Friday when the Lions take on a St Kitts/Nevis combined XI in a two-day warm-up game.
Buck had been selected for the ECB’s Fast Bowling Programme this winter and, after undergoing a conditioning programme at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough before Christmas, was due to fly out to Chennai shortly to work with former Australia quick bowler Dennis Lillee at the MRF Pace Foundation.
Finn and Woakes are the latest graduates from the Fast Bowling Programme to win full international recognition by England, with fellow products Maurice Chambers, Jade Dernbach and James Harris also progressing to the Lions squad this winter.
ECB performance director David Parsons said: “Nathan had an excellent summer with Leicestershire last year, taking 49 LV= County Championship wickets in his first full season in county cricket, and the Lions tour will provide him with an excellent opportunity to further demonstrate his potential.”