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Adam Ball will lead England Under-19s in the one-day series against South Africa, which sees them play seven games in two weeks

The England Development Programme selectors today announced a 14-man squad for England Under-19s’ seven-match one-day series against South Africa beginning on Saturday July 16 at Edgbaston.

Kent all-rounder Adam Ball, 18, will captain the squad and is one of a number of players who have impressed for their counties this season.

Also included in the side is 17-year-old left-arm seamer Reece Topley, who made his debut for Essex in April and took 14 wickets in his three opening LV= County Championship matches.

England Under-19 squad

Adam Ball, captain (Kent)
Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Peter Burgoyne (Derbyshire)
Ben Foakes (Essex)
Gavin Griffiths (Lancashire)
Brett Hutton (Nottinghamshire)
Aneesh Kapil (Worcestershire)
Sam Kelsall (Nottinghamshire)
Tom Knight (Derbyshire)
Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Adam Rossington (Middlesex)
Shiv Thakor (Leicestershire)
Reece Topley (Essex)
Sam Wood (Nottinghamshire)

Tim Boon, England Development Programme head coach, said: “Selecting this squad was a very challenging process because of the large group of outstanding players available.

“This series provides valuable opportunities for our talented young cricketers to accelerate their learning and progress in world-class environments in both competition and training.

“South Africa will provide us with tough opposition throughout the summer and vital experience on our journey to the U19 World Cup in Australia next summer.

“England Development players are both challenged and supported by a highly specialised management team to take players to the edge of their capabilities in learning to win games of cricket, including areas such as game strategy, leadership, mental toughness and athleticism required at the highest level.

“We want players to take responsibility for their performance and to play with confidence and freedom as they strive to win games of cricket for England.”

England U19 v South Africa U19 one-day series

July 16: 1st ODI, Edgbaston
July 18: 2nd ODI, Wantage Road
July 21: 3rd ODI, Arundel
July 23: 4th ODI, Arundel
July 26: 5th ODI, Taunton
July 28: 6th ODI, Canterbury
July 30: 7th ODI, Canterbury