8 Oct 2008

England Lions to play in New Zealand this summer

6:19 am on 8 October 2008

The England Cricket Board has announced a 33-day itinerary for the England Lions tour of New Zealand next February and March.

The Lions, an English development side, will take on the New Zealand Cricket Emerging Players in a couple of two-day games. The first of two Tests gets underway on March first, followed by two one-dayers and a Twenty20.

The ECB performance director David Parsons says the England Lions squad will comprise a mixture of England's best players of the future together with those currently on the fringes of the senior team.