After being overwhelmed by the depth and quality of the India-A side in the one-day series, the visiting England Lions will gear up for the longer format with a two-day practice match against Board President’s XI beginning at the KCA-St. Xavier’s College ground here on Sunday.
The varied pitch conditions that were on offer in the one-dayers has been a hard lesson to learn for the English batsmen.
Coach Andy Flower had termed the series as a great learning experience and part of their grooming. England Lions, under Sam Billings, is looking for a fresh start and is taking the match pretty seriously.
The contest will present the visitors an opportunity to test the players who have not been part of the one-day set up, before the two four-day match series against India-A later this month.
The Board President’s XI, led by Ishan Kishan, comprises some promising youngsters who have had a good Ranji Trophy season and will be keen to make an impression.
Kishan, Ricky Bhui, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar and Siddhesh Lad played for India- A in the one-day series and enjoyed varying successes.
England Lions can expect a tough challenge from Board President’s XI.
Board President’s XI: Ishan Kishan (capt.), Akshath Reddy, Dhruv Shorey, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Rinku Singh, Priyam Garg, Saurabh Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Aniket Choudhary, Ankit Rajpoot, and Rajesh Mohanty.
England Lions: Sam Billings (capt.), Dominic Bess, Ollie Pope, Will Jacks, Sam Haines, Tom Bailey, Steven Mullaney, Tom Moores, Alex Davies, Zak Chappell, Joe Clark, Jaime Overton, Ben Duckett, Sadiq Mahmood, Amar Virdi, Tom Kohler, Mathew Carter, Danny Briggs, and James Porter.
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