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Kent Cricket captain Sam Billings named in training group for one-day series against Ireland

Sam Billings has been named in England’s training group ahead of their one-day series against Ireland.

The Kent captain will be part of an initial 24-man group for the Royal London series against Ireland which begins on Thursday, July 30.

Kent's Sam Billings will train with England ahead of their ODI series against Ireland
Kent's Sam Billings will train with England ahead of their ODI series against Ireland

The group will train behind closed doors, living and training on site at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

National Selector Ed Smith, said: “Even with several multi-format players unavailable for the Ireland ODIs due to their Test commitments, there is real depth to England’s white ball playing talent.

“Again, everyone at England cricket would like to thank all the county coaches and support staff who have helped these players in the lead up to the behind-closed-doors training camp. We now look forward to hosting Ireland and continuing to develop our white ball strength in depth.”

Two intra-group warm-up matches will take place, on July 21 and July 24 before a final England squad for the Ireland series, plus a number of reserves, is named.

Training begins at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday, July 16.

It’s the same venue as is currently being used to host the first Test against West Indies. Kent pair Joe Denly (18) and Zak Crawley (10) were both dismissed on day two after a rain interrupted start to the match.

Behind-Closed-Doors ODI Training Group: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Henry Brookes (Warwickshire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Laurie Evans (Sussex), Richard Gleeson (Lancashire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Sussex), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Yorkshire).

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