Middlesex CCC is delighted to announce that Ollie Rayner has been called up to the England Lions squad for the forthcoming tour to Sri Lanka leaving this weekend.
Rayner’s call up comes following a successful season with the ball for the off-spinner, in which he claimed 46 first-class wickets at an average of just 22, including career-best record-breaking figures of 15 for 118 at the KIA Oval against Surrey in September.
Everyone at Middlesex CCC wishes Ollie Rayner and the rest of the England Lions squad a successful tour in Sri Lanka, especially Ollie's Middlesex team mates James Harris and Sam Robson.
ECB Press release as follows………
Middlesex off-spin bowler Ollie Rayner has been called into the England Lions squad for their tour of Sri Lanka which departs this weekend. The 28 year old, who enjoyed a successful season with Middlesex in 2013, has been added to the squad due to an injury to Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan.
Kerrigan sustained a back injury during a pre-tour preparation camp earlier this month and his fitness will be monitored over the next week to establish when he can join up with the squad later in the tour.
ECB Performance Director David Parsons said: “Simon has progressed very well over the past week and we remain hopeful that he will be able to join up with the tour party later in the tour following an assessment from the medical staff at Old Trafford next week.”
England Lions will arrive in Sri Lanka on 27 January and play two three-day matches in Colombo against a Sri Lanka A Team Emerging Players XI. The squad will then play three four-day matches against Sri Lanka A in Kandy, Dambulla and Colombo.
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