Scott gets Lions call-up
The England selectors today announced that Middlesex wicketkeeper Ben Scott has been added to the England Lions squad to tour New Zealand later this month.
Scott, 27, will join the England Lions squad in New Zealand alongside Worcestershire wicketkeeper Steven Davies who was recently named in England’s one-day squad to tour the West Indies.
Explaining the decision, national selector Geoff Miller said: “We will require additional cover in the wicketkeeping position as Matt Prior has requested permission to return home to for a short period following the birth of his first child, which is due on March 2.
“At this stage, we anticipate Matt will be available for the first three Test matches in West Indies.
"Steven Davies will then fly out from New Zealand for the final Test Match in Trinidad to provide cover for Tim Ambrose.
“Ben Scott is a young wicketkeeper who impressed the selectors last season and this is an excellent opportunity for him to further his development.
"James Foster was also considered but he is currently recuperating from a shoulder operation and his priority will be to regain full fitness ahead of the domestic season.”
England Lions itinerary
February 14: leave UK
February 15: arrive New Zealand
February 16: light training, Lincoln
February 17: light training, Lincoln
February 18: practice, Lincoln
February 19: practice, Lincoln
February 20: day off/rest
February 21: practice, Lincoln
February 22-23: tour match v NZC Emerging Players, Lincoln
February 24: practice, Lincoln
February 25-26: tour match v NZC Emerging Players, Lincoln
February 27: travel to Queenstown and practice
February 28: practice, Queenstown
March 1-4: 1st ‘Test’ v New Zealand A, Queenstown
March 5: travel to Christchurch, practice Lincoln
March 6: practice, Lincoln, nr Christchurch
March 7-10: 2nd ‘Test’ v New Zealand A, Lincoln
March 11: travel to Palmerston North
March 12: practice, Palmerston North
March 13: 1st one-day game v NZ A, Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston North
March 14: practice, Palmerston North
March 15: practice, Palmerston North
March 16: 2nd one-day game v NZ A, Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston N
March 17: travel to New Plymouth
March 18: practice, New Plymouth
March 19: Twenty20 v New Zealand A, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth
March 20: return to UK