Collins gets England call-up

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UPPINGHAM’S Ben Collins has been selected for England’s U19 World Cup squad.

The Leicestershire CCC Academy off-spinner was called up last week as part of the ECB’s 15-man squad for the Cricket World Cup in Australia next month.

England will begin with a game against hosts Australia on August 11 before playing Ireland and Nepal in the other group stage matches. If England progress in the competition they could then go on to face one of 12 other countries in the latter stages.

The squad was selected by the England Development Programme selectors including David Graveney, Tim Boon, John Abrahams and Iain Brunnschweiler

EDP Head Selector David Graveney said: “It was difficult to reduce the squad from our original 30 names to just 15 but we feel we have a good mix of batting and bowling with strong names in reserve in case of any injuries.”

EDP Head Coach Tim Boon added: “The squad contains a great blend of players with first-class experience and those with less experience.

“We’ve got some great games to look forward to against top class opposition at such a prestigious tournament. We’re looking to giving them an opportunity to impress at this level and hope will we compete strongly throughout the competition.”

Ben could also feature in warm-up games at the Leicestershire ground when England U19s play two 50-over fixtures against Ireland at Grace Road on Wednesday and Friday next week.