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Malan included in Lions squad for T20 series

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Four of England’s recent T20 winners have rejoined a reshaped Lions squad, which includes Middlesex's Dawid Malan, ahead of a five-match T20 series against Pakistan A starting next week.

James Vince, who has been in the UAE since mid-November as part of the England Performance Programme and was named man of the series in England’s 3-0 victory against the senior Pakistan team, had already been confirmed as captain of a squad which also includes Sam Billings, Stephen Parry and Reece Topley.

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 Chris Jordan promoted to the senior squad for the Test tour of South Africa.

They have been replaced by Danny Briggs, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson and Jamie Overton, all of whom have been on the EPP for the last three weeks, either in Dubai or South Africa.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, 7 -16 December


The England Lions squad to play a five-match one-day series against Pakistan ‘A’ in January 2016 will be announced later this month.

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