Nottinghamshire all-rounder Joey Evison has been named as part of a 16-strong squad for England U19’s tour to the Caribbean in November and December.
The 17-year-old, who made his first-class debut for Notts against Warwickshire in September, and who signed a three-year professional contract with the county last week, will cross the Atlantic with the Young Lions for a 50-over tri-series against West Indies U19 and Sri Lanka U19.
The series will be the last opportunity for Evison to impress in competitive action for the national side before the ICC U19 World Cup, which takes place in South Africa in January and February 2020.
England U19 Head Coach Jon Lewis said of his squad: “With the World Cup on the horizon, this is our last opportunity to assess our squad and decide which 15 players to take with us to South Africa.
“Nearly half the squad managed to secure county first team appearances this summer. Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire), Jack Haynes (Worcestershire), Jordan Cox (Kent), Dan Mousley (Warwickshire), Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire), Joey Evison (Nottinghamshire) and Tom Clark (Sussex) all had fantastic development experiences at the next level.
“These experiences are a major step forward on their journey and will help them understand the levels they need to achieve to be successful professional cricketers.
“West Indies and Sri Lanka are both countries with fantastic cricketing pedigrees and cultures, so we’re sure to experience strong and diverse challenges ahead of our main objective after Christmas.”
Ex-England batsman Ian Bell will join the coaching team this winter as batting coach, with former Hampshire wicketkeeper Nic Pothas coming in as fielding coach.
Lewis added: “I’m delighted to welcome Ian and Nic to the team for our two tours this winter. After a thorough and open recruitment process we decided that both coaches were exactly the right fit for the team and the programme at this point in time.
“The experience they have can only add value to the programme over the short period of time we have with the players.
“Ian is one of his generation’s highest run scorers, whose knowledge and experience of playing under pressure at the highest levels, including multiple World Cups is a brilliant resource for the players to tap into and something that is not always available to them at county level.
“Nic has great experience in international coaching with West Indies and Sri Lanka and is a native of Highveld in South Africa, making him an ideal candidate to fill gaps in our knowledge of our opponents and the conditions we are going to play in.
“Alongside that he is a brilliant fielding and wicketkeeping coach and I expect him to make an impact on our skill execution in the field, an area I am very keen to improve with this group of players. As we saw during the final moments of the Summer’s World Cup, it’s an area that can make the difference between winning and losing trophies.”.
England U19 squad for tour of the Caribbean: George Balderson (Lancashire, captain), Kasey Aldridge (Somerset), Ben Charlesworth (Gloucestershire), Tom Clark (Sussex), Jordan Cox (Kent), Blake Cullen (Middlesex), Scott Currie (Hampshire), Harry Duke (Yorkshire), Joey Evison (Nottinghamshire), Lewis Goldsworthy (Somerset), Jack Haynes (Worcestershire), George Hill (Yorkshire), Luke Hollman (Middlesex), Dan Mousley (Warwickshire), Hamidullah Qadri (Kent), Sam Young (Somerset).
Fixtures: Sun 1 Dec: Warm up game v Antigua XI – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua; Tue 3 Dec: Warm up game v Antigua XI – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua; Fri 6 Dec: ODI v Sri Lanka U19 – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua; Mon 9 Dec: ODI v West Indies U19 – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua; Thu 12 Dec: ODI v Sri Lanka U19 – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua; Fri 13 Dec: ODI v West Indies U19 – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua; Tue 17 Dec: ODI v Sri Lanka U19 – Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua; Thu 19 Dec: ODI v West Indies U19 – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua; Sat 21 Dec: Tri-Series Final – Venue TBC.
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