Jonathan Trott recalled to England Lions squad

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Jonathan Trott has been named in the England Lions squad for their tour of South Africa, despite having not played for the international team since a stress-related illness forced him to leave the Ashes tour last November. 

England will play two four-day matches and five one-day matches against South Africa A during the tour which begins in January and Trott will be eager to impress. 

The 33-year-old's call up puts him in a good position with regards to the squad selection for the 2015 Ashes tour in England, after it was feared last year that the batsman may never play for his country again.


The right-hander has been in fine form since returning in May, scoring over 1156 runs in four months, whilst averaging 54.22 runs in 50 over cricket which helped the Bears reach the final of the One-Day Cup. 

He also racked up three centuries and two half-centuries, which has lead to a new three-year contract with Warwickshire and the confidence of the England selectors to recall him to the squad.

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"Jonathan Trott's excellent form and run scoring exploits for Warwickshire at the end of the summer has resulted in his selection for the First Class fixtures at the beginning of the tour," England selector James Whitaker said.

"Congratulations to him and to all of the players selected."

Trott has scored 3,763 runs in 49 Test matches, with a high score of 226 against Bangladesh back in 2010. He has 18 half centuries and 9 centuries within those Tests, which he will be hopeful of adding to in South Africa. 


Seven Yorkshire players have been named in the England Lions First Class squad to face South Africa A. Wicket keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and batsmen Gary Ballance, Alex Lees and Adam Lyth have all been included.

Joining them are bowlers Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid, who complete the seven Yorkshire squad members. 

Trott's Bears teammate Boyd Rankin has also been selected, along with in-form Hampshire batsman James Vince, who scored 1525 runs at an average of 61.00 this summer.


Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Alex Lees (Yorkshire), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire) Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Craig Overton (Somerset), James Vince (Hampshire), Sam Robson (Middlesex), Adam Riley (Kent), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire). 

Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire) and Jason Roy (Surrey) will replace Robson, Trott and Riley for the limited overs section of the tour. 

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