Kent duo Matt Coles and Adam Ball called-up for England duty overseas in the off-season
bowler Matt Coles has been named in a 17-strong England Performance
Programme squad which will tour India for a month from
Teenage teammate Adam Ball, an
all-rounder, has also been included in a seven-strong England squad
for the Hong Kong Sixes tournament in October.
ECB Performance Director David
Parsons said: "The England Performance Programme looks to identify
and develop players that can go on to be world class cricketers for
England in the future.
"This year, following a brief
period of training at the National Cricket Performance Centre,
Loughborough, we have the opportunity to take players to the
sub-continent to work on specific skills which will further their
"As in previous winters we will be
shadowing the England team and their tour which is a model we have
successfully used since 2006, providing England with a group of
players that can be called upon should the need arise."
Coles (pictured), the
22-year-old from Maidstone who made his Kent debut in 2009, could
also be in line for a call-up to the England Lions squad for the
tour to Australia in February, will be selected in December.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old keeper-batsman Sam Billings has received
a five-month scholarship to Adelaide from the ECB.
Do you think Coles will benefit from playing in the
sub-continent this winter? Have your say below.
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