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Date: Friday 16 December 2011
Leicestershire CCC seamer Nathan Buck has received an England Lions call-up for the second consecutive winter.
Buck toured the West Indies earlier this year and spent the first part of this winter with the England Performance Programme (EPP) at a three-week training camp in England and Wales.
The 20-year-old is currently attending an EPP fast-bowling camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, in a tour party that includes Leicestershire CCC High Performance Coach Lloyd Tennant
After a break for Christmas and New Year, Buck will travel with the Lions to face Bangladesh A in five one-day matches and two t20 games between January 2 and 24.
The fixtures will be played in Chittagong, Syllhet and Dhaka and a further tour to Sri Lanka follows from January 24 to February 7.
The team will face Sri Lanka A, who they played in England last summer, in five one-day matches.
There may also be a one-day fixture against the full England side in Abu Dhabi on February 10 to coincide with the selection of the England ODI squad for the UAE/Pakistan.
Buck is extremely pleased to be selected again and Leicestershire Chief Executive Mike Siddall is proud of the selection.
He said: "We're absolutely delighted that Nathan has been selected for the England Lions tour party. He is yet another product of the Leicestershire development system and great credit goes to bowling coach Lloyd Tennant who has worked with Nathan over a number of years."
ECB Performance Director David Parsons said: “We have selected a young squad for this tour which is in line with our strategy of looking ahead to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and identifying and working with players who may be able to go on and play a role for England in the future.
“These players have worked extremely hard over the last couple of months with a strong focus on limited overs cricket. This tour presents a good opportunity for these players to continue to develop their skills in subcontinent conditions on what will no doubt be a challenging tour of Bangladesh as well as push for selection for future England squads.”
* A full interview with Nathan, which sees him talk about an unusual week with the England Performance Programme, will be published on the Leicestershire website next week.