Essex starlet Benkenstein to captain England under-19s

Essex starlet Luc Benkenstein will captain the England under-19s squad for their forthcoming three-match Youth ODI series against their Sri Lankan counterparts later this month.

The 19-year-old – who starred with the bat in Essex’s recent Vitality Blast victory over Glamorgan – will lead the sixteen-man group, including teammates Charlie Allison and Noah Thain.

Speaking to the ECB Reporters Network, England Men Under-19s coach, Mike Yardy, said: “We have selected an exciting squad for the series, with a blend of some players who are currently playing in the Vitality Blast and some younger players for whom it will be their first time in an Under-19s squad.

“As always, it’s a great opportunity for the players to perform in an England Under-19 shirt and to experience international cricket.”

England starts the series with Sri Lanka at the Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford, on Friday, June 28, before heading to Hove on Monday, July 1 and Wednesday 3.

The England under-19s squad in full is as follows; #

Luc Benkenstein (Essex) (Capt), Farhan Ahmed (Nottinghamshire), Tazeem Ali (Warwickshire), Charlie Allison (Essex), Noah Cornwell (Middlesex), Rocky Flintoff (Lancashire), Keshana Fonseka (Lancashire), Eddie Jack (Hampshire), Dom Kelly (Hampshire), Freddie McCann (Nottinghamshire), Harry Moore (Derbyshire), Haydon Mustard (Durham),

Thomas Rew (Somerset), Noah Thain (Essex), Raphael Weatherall (Northamptonshire), Theo Wylie (Warwickshire)

Brian Jeeves