Ballance to captain England Lions in tour game

Gary Ballance’s prospects of a Test recall at Lord’s next month have been given a boost by his appointment as England Lions captain for their three-day tour match against South Africa at Worcester.

Ballance, who is currently averaging more than 100 in the Specsavers County Championship in his first season as Yorkshire captain, is joined by three players from the England squad for this week’s T20 series against South Africa – Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone and Mason Crane.

Billings will take the gloves, with Worcestershire’s Joe Clarke included in a Lions squad for the first time this summer after scoring a century in each innings of their Championship victory over Kent this week.

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