England quick Wood added to Lions squad


Paceman Mark Wood has been called up to the England Lions squad for the upcoming tri-series against the Pakistan and Sri Lanka A teams.

The right-arm quick underwent surgery on his left ankle in April, but recently made his comeback for Durham as he steps up his recovery following a length lay-off.

Wood has not played for his country since facing Pakistan on the tour of the United Arab Emirates, but the 26-year-old will get the opportunity to play for the Lions in a series which starts in Cheltenham next Monday.

"The England medical staff have been working closely with Mark and Durham throughout, and a series of 50-over matches with the Lions offers a good opportunity for him to take the next steps in his return to cricket." said national selector James Whitaker.

"He is a great example of a player who came through the Lions with an outstanding tour of South Africa in the winter of 2014-15 to make his Test debut last summer, and his inclusion should give a boost to this Lions squad, as well as giving him the chance to work with the younger bowlers in the squad."