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Jonathan Trott has taken one step closer to making his international return after he was included in the England Lions squad that will tour South Africa this winter.
Trott has not represented England ever since he left midway through the last Ashes series against Australia due to a stress-related illness.
Trott excelled in his comeback for Warwickshire as he scored 620 runs, which included three centuries, in eight County Championship matches at a brilliant average of 47.69.
Trott’s red-hot form continued in the 50-over tournament as he amassed 488 runs in nine innings at an outstanding average of 54.22.
“Delighted to be included in Lions trip and looking forward to being part of the England set up again,” Trott said via Twitter.
National selector James Whitaker added: “We believe that the 17 players provisionally included across the two Lions squads for the tour to South Africa in the New Year incorporates an excellent mix of international experience alongside fresh young talent.
“For the likes of Sam Billings, Craig Overton and Adam Riley to be playing alongside Sam Robson, Gary Ballance and Jonny Bairstow in a Lions tour is an exciting prospect for the future of English cricket, and I am certain that all of the players will learn a great deal from the experience.
“Jonathan Trott’s exceptional form and run scoring exploits for Warwickshire at the end of the summer has resulted in his selection for the first class fixtures at the beginning of the tour. Congratulations to him and to all of the players selected.”
First-class squad: Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Sam Billings, Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid, Adam Riley, Sam Robson, Jonathan Trott, James Vince.
50-over squad: Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Sam Billings, Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Craig Overton, Stephen Parry, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, James Vince