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Leicestershire batsman James Taylor will lead England Lions for the first time in their matches against Sri Lanka A next month

The England selectors today named a 12-man squad for the four-day match against Sri Lanka A in Scarborough beginning on August 2.

A 12-man squad for the three-match one-day series against Sri Lanka A, which gets under way at Worcestershire’s New Road on August 12, has also been selected.

Leicestershire’s James Taylor, 21, will captain England Lions for the first time in both series.

The four-day squad includes five players who have yet to play for England Lions: batsmen Joe Root (Yorkshire) and Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), as well as Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and pace bowlers Stuart Meaker (Surrey) and Jack Brooks (Northamptonshire).

The one-day squad comprises three players who have represented England in one-day cricket this year: Ravi Bopara, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes.

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes is back in the squad after recovering from a finger injury sustained eight weeks ago and he is joined by six other members of the England Lions squad (Taylor, Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Woakes, Danny Briggs and James Harris) who finished a tour of the West Indies unbeaten last winter.

National selector Geoff Miller said: “The England Lions series against Sri Lanka A offers an important opportunity for younger players to gain valuable experience against international opposition and push for further involvement in England programmes this winter.

"The series will also give players a chance to press for inclusion in the upcoming NatWest Series against India.”

All players will return to their counties at the conclusion of the four-day match ahead of the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals and the one-day squad will meet on August 10 ahead of first match two days later.

England Lions four-day squad v Sri Lanka A

James Taylor (Leicestershire, captain)
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Scott Borthwick (Durham)
Jack Brooks (Northamptonshire)
Jade Dernbach (Surrey)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
James Harris (Glamorgan)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)
Stuart Meaker (Surrey)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)

England Lions one-day squad v Sri Lanka A

James Taylor (Leicestershire, captain)
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Scott Borthwick (Durham)
Danny Briggs (Hampshire)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
James Harris (Glamorgan)
Stuart Meaker (Surrey)
Chris Nash (Sussex)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

England Lions schedule

Aug 2-5: Four-day match, Scarborough, 11am
Aug 12: One-day match, New Road, 10.45am
Aug 14: One-day match, New Road, 10.45am
Aug 16: One-day match, Wantage Road, 10.45am

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