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ENGLAND: Briggs joins Mills in England Lions squad


Sussex's new signing Danny Briggs has been called up to the England Lions squad for the T20 series against Pakistan 'A', which begins next week in Dubai, joining fellow Sussex star Tymal Mills in the squad.

The Lions have lost four members of the 16-man squad originally selected in September, with Zafar Ansari and Lewis Gregory injured, David Willey released to play in the Big Bash and Sussex's Chris Jordan promoted to the senior squad for the Test tour of South Africa.

They have been replaced by Briggs, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson and Jamie Overton, all of whom have been on the EPP for the last three weeks, either in Dubai or South Africa.

For Briggs and Dawson – as well as Parry, Tom Westley and Dawid Malan - inclusion in the Lions squad will allow them to continue working with Daniel Vettori, the former New Zealand captain who arrived in Dubai on Sunday to work with the spinners alongside the ECB’s head spin coach Peter Such.

Steven Finn, who joined the EPP over the weekend to continue his rehabilitation from the foot injury he suffered before the Test series against Pakistan in October, will also stay in Dubai to continue working with the fast bowling coach Richard Johnson, and may play for the Lions as part of his back to bowling plan.

Craig Overton was not considered because of an elbow problem, and he will now return to Somerset for further medical management and rehabilitation.

Andy Flower, the head coach of the EPP and the Lions, said: “We now switch from the Performance Programme, which has allowed the players to work intensively on their skills, to the first of two five-match series against Pakistan A.

“We welcome back the four guys who have been involved in the T20 series against Pakistan and congratulate all four of them on making significant contributions to England’s win.”

The Lions are due to play a final warm-up match against a United Arab Emirates XI on Friday before the first match against Pakistan A next Monday.

England Lions v Pakistan ‘A’ T20 squad, Dubai, December 7th to 16th

James Vince (c) (Hampshire)
Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Sam Billings (Kent)
Danny Briggs (Sussex)
Joe Clarke (Worcestershire)
Tom Curran (Surrey)
Liam Dawson (Hampshire)
Ben Foakes (Surrey)
Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
Tymal Mills (Sussex)
Stephen Parry (Lancashire)
Reece Topley (Hampshire)
Tom Westley (Essex)
Ross Whiteley (Worcestershire)

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