Sam Cook Called Up To England Lions


Essex seamer Sam Cook has been called up to the England Lions squad for their final two four-day matches on their tour of Australia.

The 22-year-old was in fine form for Essex last season and took 32 Championship wickets as Anthony McGrath’s side reclaimed the Division One title.

The Chelmsford-born bowler has been playing grade cricket in Melbourne for Prahan Cricket Club and has been called up as cover for the Lions, who have lost some players to injury ahead of the match against Australia A at the MCG, which starts on Saturday.

On his selection, Cook said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be called up to the England Lions.

“I found out a couple of days ago and I’m really excited to join up with the squad and get to work.

“I’m pleased that Dan [Lawrence] is out there as it’s always nice to see a familiar face amongst a crowd. I also went to Loughborough University with James Bracey, so I’m sure they’ll both help me settle in for what should be a good few weeks.”

England Lions fixtures:

Saturday 22 – Tuesday 25 February: Australia A vs England Lions
Sunday 01 – Wednesday 04 March: New South Wales XI v England Lions