Morgan to lead strong Lions

  • Last Updated: July 27 2012, 13:05 BST

Eoin Morgan has been named captain of a strong-looking England Lions squad for two four-day games against Australia A next month.

Morgan: Lions captain

The 25-year-old Middlesex batsman was one of four players with Test caps - along with Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow, Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell - included in the 13-man group for the matches at Old Trafford on August 7 and Edgbaston on August 14.

All members of the squad have already been capped for England Lions.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "The Lions team and England performance programme plays an important role in the development of future England players and this fixture will present an opportunity for our players to show us that they are capable of representing England at Test level in the future.

"We expect Australia A to provide tough opposition and look forward to seeing how some of our most talented players outside the Test squad perform in these two matches."

England Lions squad: Eoin Morgan (capt, Middlesex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Matt Coles (Kent), Nick Compton (Somerset), James Harris (Glamorgan), Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire), Craig Kieswetter (wkt, Somerset), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).