Magnificent SEVEN! Yorkshire CCC’s title-winning celebrations continue as White Rose players, including Bairstow, Brooks and Barnsley’s Ballance, make up HALF of England Lions’ provisional squad to tour South Africa

Alex Lees with Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie
Alex Lees with Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie
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Jonathan Trott’s return to the international fold may have overshadowed today’s England Lions squad announcement - but Yorkshire’s title-winning season has seen a magnificent SEVEN players handed call-ups.

Batsmen Adam Lyth and Alex Lees, both tipped as future England opening batsmen, are included, as are full internationals Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance, formerly of Barnsley CC.

Liam Plunkett, who was called up to the England Test side in the summer before injury, also gets the nod, with Jack Brooks, and Adil Rashid completing the Yorkshire contingent in two provisional England Lions squads for the tour to South Africa early next year, which will

include two four-day matches and five 50-over matches against South Africa ‘A’.

Warwickshire batsman Trott’s inclusion marks his return from a stress-related departure from the Ashes tour last winter, and he is joined by Sam Robson of Middlesex and young Kent spinner Adam Riley.

Robson, Trott and Riley will be replaced by Lancashire’s Stephen Parry, Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire) and Jason Roy (Surrey) for the one-day tour.

National Selector James Whitaker said: “We believe that the 17 players provisionally included across the two Lions squads for the tour to South Africa in the New Year incorporates an excellent mix of international experience alongside fresh young talent.

“For the likes of Sam Billings, Craig Overton and Adam Riley to be playing alongside Sam Robson, Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow in a Lions tour is an exciting prospect for the future of English cricket, and I am certain that all of the players will learn a great deal from the experience.

“Jonathan Trott’s exceptional 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. Congratulations to him and to all of the players selected.”