Oswestry's Clarke selected for Lions


Barrie White

Oswestry’s Joe Clarke has been included in the England Lions training squad, with games in Dubai against the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan.

The 20-year-old former Oswestry CC player, now at Worcestershire, had been tipped by some within the game to earn a place on the plane to Bangladesh with the senior squad.

But the right-hander will instead work with former England coach Andy Flower at two camps – in Sandhurst and Loughborough – before the trip to Dubai.

They will play white-ball matches against the UAE before a three-day game against the Afghans.

Clarke, who studied at Llanfyllin High School, finished the season well, scoring 125 against Northants at Worcester, adding to his 98 against Glamorgan.

He joins a talented squad, including Surrey’s Curran brothers, Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone and Toby Roland-Jones, who was included in the England squad for the first test against Pakistan this summer.

The call-up to the Lions squad represents another step-up for Clarke in such a short space of time, coming 18 months after his First Class debut.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, Clarke is rated highly by Steve Rhodes, now part of the England set-up, as one of the best players to come out of Worcestershire. 

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