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Craig Kieswetter & Jade Dernbach

Craig Kieswetter and Jade Dernbach, pictured, along with Samit Patel and Chris Woakes, have been included in England Lions' squad for their five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka A

The England selectors today named a revised 15-man England Lions squad for their five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka A, which begins next Friday.

Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel and Chris Woakes have been included in a tour party featuring 11 other members of the Lions squad which recently took on Bangladesh A in a five-match one-day series in Bangladesh, losing 3-2.

The quartet will take the place of five other players, Simon Kerrigan, Tom Maynard, Tymal Mills, Boyd Rankin and Jason Roy, who will all return to their counties at the end of the Bangladesh tour.

ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: "The Sri Lanka tour will provide a further opportunity for us to assess players in the 50-over format before we finalise selection for the senior team’s one-day series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates next month.

“Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel and Chris Woakes will be keen to use this tour to press their claims for a place in our one-day squad as will the other Lions players who recently completed the tour of Bangladesh."

ECB performance director David Parsons added: “Simon Kerrigan, Tom Maynard, Tymal Mills, Boyd Rankin and Jason Roy have all had valuable experiences playing 50-over cricket against strong opposition on the Lions tour to Bangladesh and on the training camps in India and South Africa before Christmas.

“They will now return to their counties and we look forward to a competitive series against Sri Lanka A starting next week.”

England Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka

James Taylor (Nottinghamshire, captain)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Scott Borthwick (Durham)
Danny Briggs (Hampshire)
Jack Brooks (Northamptonshire)
Nathan Buck (Leicestershire)
Jos Buttler (Somerset)
Jade Dernbach (Surrey)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)
Stuart Meaker (Surrey)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
James Vince (Hampshire)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Tour schedule (All matches 50-overs a side)

January 27: Sri Lanka A v England Lions, Dambulla
January 29: Sri Lanka A v England Lions, Dambulla
January 31: Sri Lanka A v England Lions, Kurunegala
February 3: Sri Lanka A v England Lions, Colombo
February 6: Sri Lanka A v England Lions, Colombo

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