Surrey’s Jamie Smith will travel to the UAE as part of the England Lions 15-player training group.
Jamie scored over 400 runs at an average of 38.5 in the County Championship this year including a first double hundred against Gloucestershire. Jamie played for the England U19 side in 2019 and this is his first call to represent the Lions.
As well as offering developmental experiences to the players selected, the trip will support England Men’s Test preparation for Pakistan with five members of the Test squad arriving ahead of the Test tour and three pace bowlers joining the group to continue their rehabilitation from injury.
England Men will travel to Abu Dhabi on November 18 and will play a three-day practice match against England Lions from November 23-25.
England Lions Training Group
Tom Abell (Somerset)
Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire)
Josh Bohannon (Lancashire)
Jack Carson (Sussex)
Sam Conners (Derbyshire)
Sam Cook (Essex)
Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire)
Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire)
Tom Haines (Sussex)
Jack Haynes (Worcestershire)
Lyndon James (Nottinghamshire)
Dan Lawrence (Essex)
Liam Patterson-White (Nottinghamshire)
Matthew Potts (Durham)
Jamie Smith (Surrey)
Pace Bowler Rehab:
Jofra Archer (Sussex), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Brydon Carse (Durham, 11-27 November).
Test Player Preparation:
James Anderson (Lancashire, 6-19 November), Jamie Overton (Surrey, 6-19 November), Ollie Robinson (Sussex, 11-19 November), Jack Leach (Somerset, 11-19 November), Will Jacks (Surrey, 11-19 November).
ECB Performance Director Mo Bobat said: “It’s great to be able to recommence Lions developmental experiences and the camp in Dubai and Abu Dhabi represents a fantastic opportunity for a high potential group of players.
“While we aim to ensure that Lions opportunities are closely aligned to England’s future needs, we also try to be as individualised as possible with our player programming. Selection for the camp was conducted in close collaboration with both players and counties, and there are a number of players that have been encouraged and supported to take up other opportunities at home and overseas.
“The camp also supports the England Men’s team in their preparation for Pakistan, allowing England and Lions players to work closely together in overseas conditions.”