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Last Updated: Friday, 15 June 2007, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Solanki to lead England 'Lions'
W Jefferson
Will Jefferson moved from Essex to Notts in the off-season
Vikram Solanki will lead England's A team in next Thursday's one-day match against West Indies at Worcester.

Now known as England Lions, the 12-man squad features 10 players with England caps including James Anderson, Paul Nixon and Stuart Broad.

Nottinghamshire batsman Will Jefferson and Gloucestershire's Alex Gidman are the two uncapped players in the squad.

Players from teams in the Friends Provident Trophy semi-finals were not considered for the 50-over contest.

Solanki, who will be playing on his home ground, is joined by fellow Worcestershire players Gareth Batty and Kabir Ali in the squad.

And they will be coached by David Parsons and Kevin Shine.

Chairman of selectors David Graveney said: "The selectors will be closely monitoring performances by the Lions."

ECB commercial director John Perera called England Lions "an exciting new brand".

Their matches against India later in the summer will be televised live across Asia.

Perera added: "We are delighted to have secured live broadcast coverage of the team's fixtures later this summer and a further announcement about the team's winter tour plans will be made in due course."


England Lions: Vikram Solanki (Worcestershire, captain), Kabir Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gareth Batty (Worcestershire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Leicestershire), Alex Gidman (Gloucestershire), Will Jefferson (Nottinghamshire), Ed Joyce (Middlesex), Paul Nixon (Leicestershire, wkt), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Michael Yardy (Sussex).



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