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Strauss leads Lions

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Andrew Strauss

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The England selectors have named Andrew Strauss as captain of the England Lions team to face India in the forthcoming tour match at Chelmsford on July 13-15.

Strauss will lead the Lions for the three-day match in the lead-up to the first npower Test between England and India at Lord’s, starting July 19.

David Graveney, England chairman of selectors, said: “Andrew Strauss will captain the England Lions side in what should be a closely-fought match against the touring Indian team.

“I know Andrew is delighted to be captaining the side and excited by the prospect of taking a look at India prior to the first npower Test.

“The team selection recognises those players that have performed well in the LV Country championship and this match presents a great opportunity to impress the selectors.

“We’ve selected a strong side to ensure the touring team is well and truly tested ahead of the upcoming npower Test series.”

England Lions squad

Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)
Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire, wicket-keeper)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Leicestershire)
Joe Denly (Kent)
Graham Onions (Durham)
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
Owais Shah (Middlesex)
Chris Tremlett (Hampshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)