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Kent Cricket captain Sam Billings to tour India with England Lions

By KentOnline reporter

Kent captain Sam Billings has been named in both the England Lions 50-over and Test squads for their tour to India this winter.

The trip will see the Lions play five 50-over matches and two A Tests during January and February 2019.

The tour follows the recent series in the UAE, against Pakistan A, in which the hosts narrowly won the four-day and 50-over series and the Lions claimed the T20 leg.

Sam Billings Picture Ady Kerry
Sam Billings Picture Ady Kerry

Wicketkeeper-batsman Billings, 27, has played 15 ODIs for the senior England squad and 18 T20 internationals.

His last 50-over appearance for the national side was in the 38-run victory over Australia at Cardiff in June when he scored 11.

The Lions squad for India features three players earning their first call-ups, Lancashire’s Tom Bailey, and the Nottinghamshire duo of Matthew Carter and Zak Chappell.

England Lions 50-over Squad: Dom Bess (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Danny Briggs (Sussex), Matthew Carter (Nottinghamshire), Zak Chappell (Nottinghamshire), Joe Clarke (Nottinghamshire), Alex Davies (Lancashire), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Jamie Porter (Essex).

England Lions A Test squad: Tom Bailey (Lancashire), Dom Bess (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Danny Briggs (Sussex), Zak Chappell (Nottinghamshire), Joe Clarke (Nottinghamshire),

Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Max Holden (Middlesex), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire), Jamie Overton (Somerset),Ollie Pope (Surrey), Jamie Porter (Essex),Amar Virdi (Surrey).

Schedule: January 23: 1st 50-over match v India A, Thiruvananthapuram; January 25: 2nd 50-over match v India A, Thiruvananthapuram; January 27: 3rd 50-over match v India A, Thiruvananthapuram; January 29: 4th 50-over match v India A, Thiruvananthapuram; January 31: 5th 50-over match v India A, Thiruvananthapuram; February 7-10: 1st A Test v India A, Wayanad; February 13-16: 2nd A Test v India A, Wayanad.

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