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MIDDLESEX'S BLAKE CULLEN NAMED IN ENGLAND UNDER 19S SQUAD

BLAKE CULLEN NAMED IN ENGLAND UNDER 19S SQUAD FOR TRI-SERIES AGAINST INDIA AND BANGLADESH

A squad of 16 has been selected for England U19’s tri-series against India U19 and Bangladesh U19 in July and August.

The squad, captained by Lancashire’s George Balderson, includes young Middlesex seamer Blake Cullen, who makes his first appearance in the England Under 19's squad.

Cullen, who came through the Middlesex Youth system has forced his way into Middlesex Second Eleven as a regular this season, having initially made his Second Eleven debut in 2017 and featured previously through the Middlesex age groups.

Cullen has previously featured in English Cricket School Association sides at under 15 level, and at under 17 level in England's Elite Player Development programme.

The England squad features players from 11 counties – all of whom will be available for selection for the ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa in early 2020.

Ten players return from the squad that travelled to Bangladesh in January, including Ben Charlesworth, who averaged 52 on the tour, and Derbyshire spinner Hamidullah Qadri, who was the leading wicket-taker with nine.

England U19 Head Coach Jon Lewis said: “We’re expecting a big test against India and Bangladesh this summer – two countries who are very strong at this level of cricket.

“We enjoyed a brilliant learning experience on tour to Bangladesh in the New Year, where our players were tested in some unfamiliar conditions, so it will be interesting to see if we can turn the tables on home soil.

“These fixtures are excellent for developing a player’s skills, experience and character – some of the best young cricketers from the three countries will be battling against each other and these ‘best versus best’ experiences are what we feel give the players the greatest opportunity for learning whilst on the international pathway.”

England U19 squad

George Balderson (Lancashire, captain)

Kasey Aldridge (Somerset)

Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire)

Tom Clark (Sussex)

Jordan Cox (Kent)

Blake Cullen (Middlesex)

Joey Evison (Nottinghamshire)

Lewis Goldsworthy (Somerset)

Jack Haynes (Worcestershire)

George Hill (Yorkshire)

Nick Kimber (Nottinghamshire)

Dominic Leech (Yorkshire)

Jack Morley (Lancashire)

Daniel Mousley (Warwickshire)

Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire)

James Taylor (Derbyshire)

England fixtures

21 July: England v India (Worcester)

22 July: England v Bangladesh (Worcester)

26 July: England v India (Cheltenham College)

28 July: England v Bangladesh (Cheltenham College)

1 August: England v Bangladesh (Billericay CC)

3 August: England v India (Chelmsford)

5 August: England v Bangladesh (Beckenham)

9 August: England v India (Beckenham)

11 August: Tri-series final (Hove)

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