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Kent wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson called into England under-19 squad

By Alex Hoad

Kent youngster Ollie Robinson has been selected for the England Under-19 squad to play India this summer in four-day and one-day series.

The 18-year-old Sidcup-born wicketkeeper made his senior debut on Kent's FGS Plant Tour to the West Indies earlier this year and could represent his country on his home ground on Wednesday, August 9, during Canterbury Cricket Week.

England play India at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, as part of an extended festival with the Royal London Under-19 ODI preceded by a first class match between Kent and the West Indies (August 6-8) with NatWest T20 Blast matches on August 4 & 11.

Ollie Robinson. Picture: Gary Browne
Ollie Robinson. Picture: Gary Browne

Andy Hurry, the head coach of the Young Lions programme, said: “We had an excellent tour of India earlier this year, when the lads involved learned so much both in red-ball and white-ball cricket.

“Facing the Indians in a return series this summer provides an excellent opportunity to build on that, and to face international opposition in more familiar home conditions.

“It’s going to be fascinating to see our most talented young cricketers put in that position. With the ICC World Cup in New Zealand early next year, it made sense only to consider players eligible for that when we were choosing our squad for the Royal London One-Day Series.

“But that series remains very important in its own right, and there should be some excellent Under-19s cricket for players and spectators to enjoy this summer.”

Ollie Robinson. Picture: Gary Browne
Ollie Robinson. Picture: Gary Browne

England Under-19s squads

For two four-day matches against India: Max Holden (Middlesex, capt), Liam Banks (Warwickshire), George Bartlett (Somerset), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Henry Brookes (Warwickshire), Ben Green (Somerset), Will Jacks (Surrey), George Panayi (Warwickshire), Ryan Patel (Surrey), Liam Patterson-White (Nottinghamshire), Matt Potts (Durham), Ollie Robinson (Kent, wk), Harry Swindells (Leicestershire, wk), Josh Tongue (Worcestershire), Amar Virdi (Surrey).

For five-match Royal London One-Day Series against India: Harry Brook (Yorkshire, capt), Liam Banks (Warwickshire), Tom Banton (Somerset, wk), Henry Brookes (Warwickshire), Adam Finch (Worcestershire), Alfie Gleadall (Derbyshire), Will Jacks (Surrey), Tom Lammonby (Somerset), Felix Organ (Hampshire), Liam Patterson-White (Nottinghamshire), Jack Plom (Essex), Matt Potts (Durham), Hamidullah Qadri (Derbyshire), Ollie Robinson (Kent, wk), Liam Trevaskis (Durham).

Fixtures

Four-day matches versus India: Queen’s Park, Chesterfield (July 23-26); New Road, Worcester (July 31 – August 3).

Warm-up matches: England v Unicorns XI, India v Invitational XI – both Loughborough, July 20-21.

Royal London One-Day Series versus India: SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff (August 7); The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence, Canterbury (August 9, day-night live on Sky Sports); 1st Central County Ground, Hove (August 12); Brightside Ground, Bristol (August 14); Coopers Associates County Ground, Taunton (August 16).

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