CRICKET - Young Bears named in England under-19s ODI squad - The Rugby Observer

CRICKET - Young Bears named in England under-19s ODI squad

YOUNG Warwickshire players Tazeem Ali and Theo Wylie have been named in England’s under-19s squad to face a touring Sri Lanka youth side later this summer.

Leg spinner Ali – who turned 18 earlier this week – and all-rounder Wylie form part of a 16-player squad which will play three ODIs between June 28 and July 3.

Their inclusion follows impressive displays in the ICC Under-19s World Cup earlier this year.

Ali took 14 wickets in four games to finish as the fourth leading wicket taker in South Africa, including the best figures of the tournament when claiming 7-29 against Zimbabwe.

Opener Wylie, also aged 18, hit 61 in that final group game and also took 4-42 against Australia.

England Men’s under-19s coach, Mike Yardy, said: “We have selected an exciting squad for the series, with a blend of some players who are currently playing in the Vitality Blast and some younger players for whom it will be their first time in an under-19s squad.

“As always, it’s a great opportunity for the players to perform in an England Under-19 shirt and to experience international cricket.”

The first youth ODI takes place under lights at the County Ground in Chelmsford, on June 28. The remaining two games take place at the County Ground in Hove on July 1 and 3.

Warwickshire’s 18-year-old batter Hamza Shaikh – who also represented England in the U19s World Cup – is not part of the ODI squad.

Shaikh is in line to feature for a First Class Counties XI to face the West Indies in a four-day game in Kent starting on July 3.

And two four-day youth tests will take place at Wormsley CC in High Wycombe from July 8 to 11 and Cheltenham from July 16 to 19.

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