Nottinghamshire’s Ben Duckett will line-up for the England Lions against Australia A in a four-day match at Canterbury, starting on Sunday 14 July.

The 24-year-old excelled on his Lions recall in India during the winter before returning to full England colours for the T20 Vitality International against Pakistan earlier this summer.

His first-class season for Notts to date has brought 745 runs at an average of 44.

Warwickshire’s Dom Sibley and Kent’s Zak Crawley are among four players in line to make their Lions debuts in the fixture.

Ben Foakes and Jack Leach join Duckett in a trio of players with previous experience of Test cricket.

The Outlaws left-hander could find himself facing his Nottinghamshire team-mate James Pattinson, who departed Trent Bridge recently to link-up with the Australia A squad.

Lions Head Coach Andy Flower said: “We’re really looking forward to a great challenge against a very experienced Australia A side, some of whom will be looking to stake a claim for Ashes selection.

“We’ve got a very good squad of players travelling with us to Canterbury; one that’s more than capable of delivering a positive result.

“Lions selection is always tricky. We’ve got an eye on the England team’s short-term needs ahead of a busy winter schedule, but we’re looking at some medium and long-term prospects as well. We also need to respect the counties’ needs during this busy time in the domestic season.

“While some players will be playing at this level for the first time, there is plenty of experience in our squad too. This will be a great learning opportunity for all these players and a chance to test themselves against a strong opposition.”

The captain for this match will be announced at a later date.

Duckett and Foakes will miss the Nottinghamshire versus Surrey fixture in the Specsavers County Championship starting on Saturday 13 July.

England Lions squad

James Bracey (Gloucestershire)

Zak Crawley (Kent)

Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)

Ben Foakes (Surrey)

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Jack Leach (Somerset)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Sam Northeast (Hampshire)

Jamie Porter (Essex)

Ollie Robinson (Sussex)

Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)


A Notts Outlaws squad brimming with international talent will commence their T20 Vitality Blast campaign against Worcestershire Rapids at Trent Bridge on Thursday 18 July, with adult tickets priced at £10. Secure your seats…