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ENGLAND UNDER 19s: Sussex's Garton in squad to face Aussies


Sussex’s Academy bowler George Garton has been selected in the England Under-19s squad to face their Australia counterparts during this Ashes summer.

The ECB announced two England Under-19s (U19s) squads this week to play a five-match Royal London one-day series and a one-off four-day fixture against their Australian counterparts next month.

Two separate 16-man squads have been named, with Lancashire batsman Haseeb Hameed leading the side in the standalone four-day match at the Emirates Durham ICG from 4 to 7 August, the match in which left-arm seamer Garton has been chosen in the squad for.

Brighton-born Garton already has experience with the Sussex Second Eleven and the 18 year-old Hurstpierpoint College student will be looking to make an impact at the Riverside next month.

England Development Programme Chairman of Selectors David Graveney said: “It is a very exciting summer for England cricket, with the men’s Ashes level, the Women’s Ashes getting underway in Taunton tomorrow, and this England U19 v Australia U19 series on the horizon next month.

“We have selected two separate and larger squads than normal, reflecting the number of young players currently featuring in first-team county cricket. With the likes of Sam Curran and Mason Crane regularly playing First-Class cricket for Surrey and Hampshire, Head of the EDP Andy Hurry has carefully discussed what is best for the development of each individual player with their counties.

"Naming a large squad therefore enables us to be flexible and able to react should any of the selected players be called-upon to play first-team county cricket.

“Both sides know each other well, having played a hard-fought series in Australia just four months ago, and the matches this summer will once again form an important part of England’s preparation for the 2016 ICC U19 World Cup in Bangladesh next February.”

Head of the England Development Programme, Andy Hurry will oversee the six-match series, with support from England Development Programme Coaches Tim Boon and Iain Brunnschweiler.

The series comes four months after England U19's returned form a reciprocal tour Down Under, where they narrowly lost the one-day series 3-2, and secured an excellent draw in the four-day match at the WACA.

England Under-19 four-day squad in full:

Tom Alsop (Hampshire)
Sam Curran (Surrey)
Mason Crane (Hampshire)
Ryan Davies (Kent)
George Garton (Sussex)
Ben Green (Somerset)
Haseeb Hameed (Lancashire) (c)
Max Holden (Middlesex)
Daniel Lawrence (Essex)
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire)
Brad Taylor (Hampshire)
Callum Taylor (Essex)
Aaron Thomason (Warwickshire)
Jared Warner (Yorkshire)
Saif Zaib (Northamptonshire)

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