Lions playing for pride in 2010
England Lions face a tough summer in 2010 as two counterpart sides, as well as the touring Bangladeshis, visit these shores looking to impress.
The Lions, who came through fixtures against West Indies and Australia in 2009 as well as a tour to New Zealand, are scheduled to take part in five fixtures next season that will again see hopefuls for the senior England side stake their claim.
The Lions set-up has proved a solid breeding ground for international-calibre cricketers in the recent past, with the talents of, among others, Joe Denly, Luke Wright, Adil Rashid and Jonathan Trott showcased during 2009.
Indeed, the Lions showed their strength with a 10-wicket demolition of the touring West Indians at Derby in April, also emerging with two creditable performances, including a draw, against Australia.
The likes of Stephen Moore, who cracked a superb hundred against the Australians in a draw at New Road, will no doubt again be hoping to press their case and break into the international reckoning.
In 2010 the Lions are set to be tested to the full, with Bangladesh's senior squad first pencilled in as opponents in a four-day clash at Derby on May 19.
England Lions face New Zealand A at Wantage Road in a one-day contest on June 29, before taking on India A at Grace Road on July 1.
A repeat of the fixtures will then take place on July 4 and July 6 respectively, with New Road the venue on both occasions.