Aaron Beard heads to Dubai with England Young Lions


Young Essex Cricket bowler Aaron Beard has linked up with the England Young Lions this week in Dubai.

Beard joined up with the squad at two-short training camps in Loughborough in November before jetting off with the squad on Saturday.

This winter, the two main features of the Young Lions programme will be a three-week training camp in Dubai in December (including two one-day matches and one three-day match), and then an England Under-19 tour of India in January and February (including two four-day matches and three one-day matches against India Under-19s).

Andy Hurry is the head coach, and in Dubai he will be supported by many of the Lions coaches, including Andy Flower, Graham Thorpe, Peter Such, Chris Taylor and Bruce French, as well as the former Durham team-mates Neil Killeen and Paul Collingwood.

The 19-year-old will look to build on his first-team breakthrough and previous experiences with the Young Lions in the summer to further cement his place in the selectors thoughts going forward.

Young Lions squad: Aaron Beard (Essex), Max Holden (Middlesex), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), George Bartlett (Somerset), Josh Dell (Worcestershire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Ben Green (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Delray Rawlins (Sussex), Amar Virdi (Surrey), Josh Coughlin (Durham), Will Jacks (Surrey), Euan Woods (Surrey), Liam Banks (Warwickshire), George Panayi (Warwickshire), Jack Blatherwick (Nottinghamshire), George Scrimshaw (Worcestershire).