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England Lions announce Luke Wright as captain

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Luke Wright has been announced as the captain of the England Lions squad to face Bangladesh A in three one-day games later this month, by the selectors.

Wright will captain the Lions during the matches that start on August 20 at The County Ground in Bristol.

On Thursday Wright tweeted: "Delighted to captain the Lions against Bangladesh A. Looks a really good squad. Really pleased for Chris Jordan too. Very much deserved."

The new captain hasn't played a one-day international since the 2011 World Cup, but has since been a regular feature in England's Twenty20 team. 

The Lions' 12-man squad includes three debutants, with Somerset's Jamie Overton and Northampton's David Wiley making the step up from Potential England Performance Programme.

A host of players who have represented England at various international levels have made the squad including captain Wright, Joss Buttler, Ben Stokes, Danny Briggs and Boyd Rankin.

Geoff Miller, the national selector for English cricket said in a statement: "We are delighted to reward this Lions team with an opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of a number of forthcoming ODI series.

"Many of this squad have been in or around England, Lions, EPP or PEPP squads before, so it is a great chance for them to push for places for the England ODI games later this summer and also this coming winter. 

“Looking further ahead, we are also keen to build a strong platform for the 2015 World Cup, so opportunities such as this play a big part in giving the coaches an opportunity to assess the levels of these players first hand.”

The Lions squad to face Bangladesh A is as follows: Luke Wright (Sussex), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northamptonshire).


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