Ben Duckett returns for England Lions tour of India


Ben Duckett, whose last involvement on an England tour saw him sent home from Australia after pouring a drink over James Anderson during the 2017-18 Ashes, has been recalled by England Lions for their limited-overs and Test series in India early next year.

An attacking top-order batsman, Duckett was capped in four Tests and three ODIs in 2016 and recently joined Nottinghamshire from Northants. He has been in good form in the Mzansi Super League, finished as the second-leading run-scorer for Nelson Mandela Bay Giants.

Three players are included for the first time – allrounder Zak Chappell and offspinner Matthew Carter, also both of Notts, and Lancashire seamer Tom Bailey, who finished as the leading wicket-taker in Division One of the 2018 Championship.

England Lions were last in action in the UAE against Pakistan A, where they lost the 50-over series 3-2 and the one-off Test before claiming the T20s 2-0. Of the players on that tour, only Nick Gubbins, Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood are not involved in either squad for India.

Lancashire legspinner Matthew Parkinson and Somerset allrounder Craig Overton were not considered as they continue rehabilitation from back injuries.

The Lions are due to play five one-day games against India, all in Thiruvananthapuram between January 23-31, followed by two unofficial Tests in Wayanad, starting on February 7 and 13.

England Lions 50-over squad: Dom Bess (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Danny Briggs (Sussex), Matthew Carter (Nottinghamshire), Zak Chappell (Nottinghamshire), Joe Clarke (Nottinghamshire), Alex Davies (Lancashire), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Jamie Porter (Essex)

England Lions four-day squad: Tom Bailey (Lancashire), Dom Bess (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Danny Briggs (Sussex), Zak Chappell (Nottinghamshire), Joe Clarke (Nottinghamshire), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Max Holden (Middlesex), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Jamie Porter (Essex), Amar Virdi (Surrey)

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