England training squad spot for Rawlins
Delray Rawlins, the Bermuda all-rounder, has been selected as part of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Young Lions International Pathway group.
The 19-year-old has been named in a squad that will attend training camps in both Loughborough and Dubai in November and December, and could potentially play himself in contention for the Lions tour to India early next year.
Rawlins has been in fine form this season for Sussex Second XI, scoring an unbeaten century in his side’s 104-run defeat to Durham Second XI in Woodmancote, West Sussex, last week.
The St George’s Cup Match player was also part of Bermuda’s recent trip to Toronto to prepare for next month’s ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament in California.
He contributed with bat and ball in Toronto, hitting a half-century and claiming four wickets for 45 runs with his left-arm slow bowling against Canada High Performance.
Rawlins, the Bermuda Under-19 captain, plays locally for Logic Premier Division side Bailey’s Bay and joined the Sussex Academy in April 2015.
Andy Flower, the England Lions coach, will lead an 18-man squad on a training camp in Dubai, including three 50-over matches for England Lions against the United Arab Emirates at the ICC Academy and a three-day match against Afghanistan in Sharjah.
“This squad is for the first half of our Lions programme this winter,” Flower said. “Firstly, to build on some of the leadership work we did at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst last winter, which leads into a short camp at Loughborough, before we head out to Dubai later in November.
“We are taking 18 players because whereas last winter, and in our Tri-Series this summer, our focus was specifically on white-ball cricket, this year we will be working on both white-ball and red-ball skills.
“Developing skill will remain the highest priority of our work, with a range of specialist coaches to work with the players in the excellent facilities at the ICC Academy, and initially the opportunity to do that away from the different demands of competition.
“However, towards the end of the camp we will play as England Lions in white-ball and red-ball fixtures, and an England Lions squad will then be selected later in December for a tour of Sri Lanka in February and March which will again involve white-ball and red-ball fixtures.”
More than 50 players between the ages of 17 and 30 have been selected for involvement in the four components of the men’s International Pathway this winter — the Lions, the Young Lions, the Pace Programme, and Overseas Placements.