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The England selectors today named a 13-man England Lions squad to face Australia A in two four-day fixtures, starting on August 7 at Old Trafford and August 14 at Edgbaston.

Eoin Morgan will captain the side, which includes a number of players who have represented England at a senior level across different formats.

Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Samit Patel and James Tredwell have already received England Test caps, while all members of the squad have already been capped by the Lions.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "The Lions team and England Performance Programme plays an important role in the development of future England players and this fixture will present an opportunity for our players to show us that they are capable of representing England at Test level in the future.

Eoin Morgan

England Lions will be led by Eoin Morgan when they take on Australia A in two four-day fixtures next month

"We expect Australia A to provide tough opposition and look forward to seeing how some of our most talented players outside the Test squad perform in these two matches."

England Lions squad

Eoin Morgan (captain, Middlesex)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Matt Coles (Kent)
Nick Compton (Somerset)
James Harris (Glamorgan)
Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire)
Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper, Somerset)
Stuart Meaker (Surrey)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
James Taylor (Nottinghamshire)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

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