Turner Selected For England Lions Winter Training Group

Hampshire fast-bowler John Turner will be part of a 21-player group to travel to the UAE

Hampshire's John Turner has been included in a Lions tour for the first time after an impressive breakthrough campaign for Hampshire.

The 22-year old impressed in his debut Vitality Blast campaign, taking 22 wickets at an average of just 12, while also making his County Championship debut for the club. 

England Lions have announced a 21-player group to travel to the UAE for a training camp from November 16 to December 7.

The group, which includes 10 players (George Balderson, Shoaib Bashir, James Coles, Josh De Caires, Tom Lawes, Dan Mousley, Callum Parkinson, Rishi Patel, Ollie Price, John Turner) who are part of a Lions experience for the first time, will focus on developing their red-ball skills predominantly.

The camp aims to understand the depth of England’s pathway whilst providing developmental experiences for high-potential players closely aligned to England’s future needs.

Selection for the camp was conducted in close collaboration with both players and counties, and several players not selected have been encouraged and supported to take up other opportunities overseas to support their individual needs.

The coaching and mentoring group accompanying the party will be announced in due course.

England Lions Training Group:

Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire), George Balderson (Lancashire), Shoaib Bashir (Somerset), Josh Bohannon (Lancashire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Jack Carson (Sussex), James Coles (Sussex), Josh De Caires (Middlesex), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Tom, Hartley (Lancashire), Lyndon James (Nottinghamshire), Tom Lawes (Surrey), Dan Mousley (Warwickshire), Callum Parkinson (Durham), Matthew Potts (Durham), Rishi Patel (Leicestershire), Ollie Price (Gloucestershire), James Rew (Somerset), Ollie Robinson (Durham), Josh Tongue (Nottinghamshire), John Turner (Hampshire)

At the end of an enjoyable season and after close dialogue with players and counties, it’s exciting to confirm our group that will travel to Abu Dhabi for a training camp later this year.

The camp will provide an excellent opportunity for the players to develop their red ball game and allow us to learn more about them as people and players.

In selecting the group, we’ve carefully considered England’s short and long-term needs in Test cricket, particularly with sub-continent challenges in mind.

It’s quite a large group and it’s great that we can support player development in this way for what should be a fun camp.

Mo Babat, England Men's Performance Director
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