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Rayner called into England Lions squad

Ollie Rayner, who claimed 15 wickets in September's LV=CC contest against Surrey, will tour Sri Lanka with England Lions

Middlesex off-spin bowler Ollie Rayner has been called into the England Lions squad for their tour of Sri Lanka, which departs this weekend. The 28-year-old, who enjoyed a successful season with Middlesex in 2013, has been added to the squad due to an injury to Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan.

Kerrigan sustained a back injury during a pre-tour preparation camp earlier this month and his fitness will be monitored over the next week to establish when he can join up with the squad later in the tour.

ECB Performance Director David Parsons said: "Simon has progressed very well over the past week and we remain hopeful that he will be able to join up with the tour party later in the tour following an assessment from the medical staff at Emirates Old Trafford next week."

England Lions will arrive in Sri Lanka on 27 January and play two three-day matches in Colombo against a Sri Lanka A Team Emerging Players XI. The squad will then play three four-day matches against Sri Lanka A in Kandy, Dambulla and Colombo.

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