Jonathan Trott handed England Lions captaincy

Jonathan Trott will captain the second-string England Lions in South Africa next month as he makes his international comeback, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Saturday.

AFP| Updated: Dec 20, 2014, 19:07 PM IST
Jonathan Trott handed England Lions captaincy

London: Jonathan Trott will captain the second-string England Lions in South Africa next month as he makes his international comeback, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Saturday.

The 33-year-old South Africa-born batsman has not played international cricket since he withdrew from England`s Ashes tour of Australia in November 2013 due to a stress-related condition.

But after a successful county season with Warwickshire he was named in the provisional Lions squad in October and on Saturday the ECB revealed that he would lead the four-day team on their tour of South Africa.

"Jonathan Trott will captain the four-day side with a captain for the one-day side to be announced at a later date," the ECB said on its website.

Speaking in October, Trott told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I still have aspirations to play for England.

"If I do want to play for England again, I have to earn my place back. I had that mentality playing for Warwickshire this year and thoroughly enjoyed my season with them."

Yorkshire`s Gary Ballance drops out of the Lions squad after being called up by England for the World Cup, while Ben Stokes and Harry Gurney are included after missing out on a place in the senior squad.