Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Key to captain England A against New Zealand

Test batsman Robert Key will captain the England Lions, as the national 'A' side is now known, against New Zealand in a four-day tour match at Hampshire's Rose
Bowl ground next week, it was announced here Tuesday.

The decision to have the 28-year-old Key captain a 12-man squad featuring eight players with Test or one-day international experience, comes a day after he scored 178 not out for Kent against New Zealand at Canterbury.

Also included in the team is pace bowler Matthew Hoggard, who earlier this year was dropped from the senior England side after they lost the first Test on their tour of New Zealand before going on to win the three-match series 2-1.

The first Test of a three-match series between England and New Zealand starts at Lord's on May 15.

England Lions squad to play New Zealand: Robert Key (Kent, capt), Ravi Bopara (Essex) Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire), Steven Kirby
(Gloucestershire), Matt Prior (Sussex, wkt), Graham Onions (Durham), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Hampshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).

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