Cook called up by England Lions

ESSEX’S RIGHT-ARM quick, Sam Cook, has been called up by England Lions for the final two matches of their tour to Australia.

Cook claimed thirty-two wickets as Essex stormed to their second Specsavers County Championship Division One title in three years. The 22-year-old has been spending the winter playing grade cricket in Melbourne for Prahan Cricket Club and has been drafted in to provide cover for the Lions matches against Australia ‘A’ at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and then against a New South Wales XI at the beginning of March.

Speaking to about his selection, Cook enthused: “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.”

Brian Jeeves

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