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England Lions squad for UAE unveiled

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Andrew Gale

Yorkshire's new captain Andrew Gale will skipper England Lions on tour in the UAE

The England and Wales Cricket Board today announced the squad for next month's England Lions tour of the United Arab Emirates.

Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale will captain a party that includes six players who were members of the England Performance Programme (Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Gale, Craig Kieswetter, James Taylor and Chris Woakes) and six more who were included in either the England one-day or Test squads for the tour of South Africa (Ian Bell, Carberry, Steven Davies, Sajid Mahmood, Adil Rashid and James Tredwell).

Steve Kirby, Peter Trego and Michael Lumb have also been rewarded with a place in the squad following impressive seasons in the limited overs format for their counties throughout 2009.

England Lions will contest three Twenty20 matches against Pakistan A, as well as T20 games against the UAE and England. These will be followed by three 50-over fixtures against Pakistan A at the DSC Stadium, Dubai.

David Parsons, ECB performance director, said: “We have an excellent balance of younger players who are just beginning to stake their claim for international honours and players with plenty of experience at full international or county level in this England Lions squad, and I have no doubt that every member will gain a huge amount from the three-week tour.

“We ran a very successful performance programme during November and December and I am delighted that six players from this year's EPP have been selected for this tour.

“This represents an opportunity for them to test themselves against quality opposition and to press their case for a place in the England side.”

England Lions squad:

Andrew Gale (Yorkshire, captain)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Michael Carberry (Hampshire)
Michael Lumb (Hampshire)
James Taylor (Leicestershire)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset, wkt)
Steven Davies (Surrey, wkt)
Peter Trego (Somerset)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Steve Kirby (Gloucestershire)
David Wainwright (Yorkshire)

Please note:
• James Tredwell will join the England Lions squad for the first four matches of the tour only. He will then transfer to the England one-day squad for the tour of Bangladesh.
• England’s full one-day and Test squads to tour Bangladesh will be announced after the conclusion of the current Test series in South Africa.

England Lions tour of UAE:

Feb 10: v UAE, T20, Sharjah
Feb 12: v Pakistan A, 1st T20, Sharjah
Feb 14: v Pakistan A, 2nd T20, Sharjah
Feb 16: v Pakistan A, 3rd T20, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Feb 17: v England, T20, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Feb 22: v Pakistan A, 1st 50-over, Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Feb 24: v Pakistan A, 2nd 50-over, Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Feb 26: v Pakistan A, 3rd 50-over, Dubai International Stadium, Dubai