Davies to skipper ECB XI

12 June 2018 06:23:16 EST

Lancashire's Alex Davies has been appointed captain for an ECB XI for the opening match of India A's UK tour at Headingley on Sunday.

The Indian second string, led by head coach Rahul Dravid, were due to face Yorkshire but the Vikings' involvement in the latter stages of the Royal London Cup has forced a change of opposition.

Yorkshire have qualified for the quarter-final play-off versus Essex at Chelmsford on Thursday and will earn a semi-final against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl next Monday with victory.

As a result, a representative team including players from counties no longer involved in the RLC was selected.

"It's an exciting-looking squad that we've been able to put together at short notice, and a great opportunity for all the lads to make an impression against international opposition," said Young Lions head coach Lewis, who will be in charge of the XI.

Five players involved on ECB pathway programmes last winter and also the north v south series are named: wicketkeeper-batsman Davies, pace programme pair Zak Chappell and Tom Barber, and Matt Critchley and Delray Rawlins, who received centrally-funded overseas placements.

Surrey's Will Jacks, who was a member of England's squad for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year, is rewarded for a maiden first-team hundred in the 2018 RLC and two Gloucestershire players with England Under-19 backgrounds George Hankins and Ryan Higgins are also included.

Meanwhile, Hampshire are 4/6 for the Royal London Cup, with Worcestershire 1212/1 and Nottinghamshire 1212/1.

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