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ENGLAND: Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills included in the England Lions' winter programme

16-Sep-2015

Tymal Mills in action for Sussex in the NatWest T20 Blast this season

Sussex's Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills are both included in the 18-man England Performance Programme (EPP) squad and a 16-man England Lions squads for the first part of this winter’s tour programme.

Both the pacemen will be part of the Lions squad in a five-match Twenty20 (T20) series against Pakistan ‘A’ in the UAE in December. Jordan was also included in the full England T20 squad yesterday for the series against Pakistan in Dubai.

Led by Andy Flower, the EPP winter programme will see all 18 players undertake a four-day training camp at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in Loughborough in early November – before the squad divides into two specialist groups.

Twelve players will attend a two and a half-week long batting and spin camp in Dubai starting on November 11th while a six-strong group of fast bowlers will travel to South Africa on the same date to take part in a ten-day training camp in Potchefstroom under the guidance of EPP Lead Fast Bowling Coach Kevin Shine.

The two groups will then re-unite in the UAE in the last week of November for further training and match practice ahead of the England Lions T20 series against Pakistan ‘A’, which gets underway on Monday 7th December. Worcestershire’s Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, will work with the Lions this winter in an assistant coach capacity, alongside head coach Andy Flower.

Commenting on the squads, National Selector, James Whitaker, said: “Congratulations to all of the players selected for the England Performance Programme and England Lions this winter. It is hugely important that we have a reserve of players who are ready to perform on the international stage when they get the opportunity and the EPP and the England Lions play a vital role in identifying and developing the next generation of England cricketers.

“With the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India just six months away, the five-match T20 series for the Lions against Pakistan ‘A’ will form a particularly important part of our preparations for the tournament, ensuring that we can draw on a wider group of players who have recent experience of playing T20 cricket in sub-continental conditions. “

England Lions will return to Dubai to play a five-match one-day series against Pakistan ‘A’ in January 2016. The itinerary and squad for this tour will be announced in due course.

England Performance Programme 2015-2016


Batting and spin camp in Dubai, 11th November – 1st December

Zafar Ansari (Surrey)
Danny Briggs (Hampshire)
Joe Clarke (Worcestershire)
Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Ben Foakes (Surrey)
Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
Chris Jordan (Sussex)
Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
Stephen Parry (Lancashire)
Tom Westley (Essex)
Ross Whiteley (Worcestershire)
James Vince (Hampshire)

Fast bowlers camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, 11th – 23rd November followed by Dubai 24th November – 1st December

Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
Craig Miles (Gloucestershire)
Tymal Mills (Sussex)
Craig Overton (Somerset)
Jamie Overton (Somerset)
Olly Stone (Northamptonshire)

England Lions v Pakistan ‘A’ Twenty20 squad, Dubai 1st – 17th December


Zafar Ansari (Surrey)
Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
Sam Billings (Kent)
Joe Clarke (Worcestershire)
Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent)
Ben Foakes (Surrey)
Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
Chris Jordan (Sussex)
Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
Tymal Mills (Sussex)
Stephen Parry (Lancashire)
Reece Topley (Essex)
Tom Westley (Essex)
David Willey (Northamptonshire)
Ross Whiteley (Worcestershire)
James Vince (Hampshire)

• The itinerary and England Lions squad to play a five-match one-day series against Pakistan ‘A’ in January 2016 will be announced in due course

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