Onions handed Lions call

  • Last Updated: February 8 2014, 8:12 GMT

Graham Onions has been called into the England Lions squad for their tour of Sri Lanka following the injury sustained by Durham team-mate Mark Wood.

Graham Onions: Called into the England Lions squad
Graham Onions: Called into the England Lions squad

Wood suffered a side injury in the first warm-up fixture in Colombo last week, and after a full medical review with the Lions' medical team in Sri Lanka, it has been decided that he will return to the UK to continue his rehabilitation.

National Selector James Whitaker said: "Mark had a very impressive start to the Lions tour taking five wickets in the first warm up match. However, having been injured, it is very important that he has every chance of starting the season for Durham in the best possible condition, therefore we have agreed with Durham that the best course of action is for Mark to return home.

"This presents a good opportunity for Graham to join up with the Lions and play an important role in their series against Sri Lanka. We have been monitoring his progress in South Africa, and now this presents him with a chance to impress ahead of the summer International series."

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England Lions will play three four-day Test matches against Sri Lanka A in Kandy, Dambulla and Colombo during February and early March.