EPP winter training schedule confirmed

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today confirmed the arrangements for the England Performance Programme (EPP) winter training camps.

The 12 players selected for the EPP batting and spin camp in Colombo will depart on Friday, November 21 and remain in Sri Lanka until Tuesday December 9.

In addition to developing their skills in sub-continent conditions, the EPP players will offer support to the senior England team for their seven-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka, and will also play two one-day matches against local opposition on November 30 and December 1.

Summer deals for young Derbyshire trio

Derbyshire have handed youngsters Will Davis, Adam Wheatcroft and Harry White summer contracts for the 2015 campaign.

Paceman Davis, a regular in the club’s second XI, received a call-up to the England Development Programme after he was named Academy Player of the Year.

Wheatcroft also featured for the seconds in 2014 while left-arm seamer White trained with the first team last term.

Trott part of Lions touring party

The England selectors today announced two provisional 14-man England Lions squads for the tour to South Africa early next year.

The squads will cover separate First Class and one-day legs of the tour which will include two four-day matches and five 50-over matches against South Africa ‘A’.

Sam Robson (Middlesex), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire) and Kent’s young off-spinner Adam Riley, have all been included in the Lions squad for the two First Class matches at the start of the tour. They will be replaced in the one-day squad by Lancashire’s Stephen Parry, Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire) and Jason Roy (Surrey).

England Women receive team nomination

England Women have made the shortlist for the Team of the Year in the 2014 Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

The British public will have the chance to vote for Charlotte Edwards ’ side after another exceptional year in which they retained the Ashes with a 10-8 victory over Australia , before finishing runners-up in the World T20 and recording limited-overs series wins over India and South Africa this summer.

Taijul stars in dramatic Bangladesh win

Taijul Islam claimed Bangladesh’s best-ever bowling figures and then hit the winning runs as the Tigers claimed only the fifth Test victory in their history over Zimbabwe.

The three-wicket success in Dhaka is Bangladesh’s second in the past five years, having also defeated Zimbabwe in Harare last April, with Taijul producing one of his country’s most impressive individual showings.

The slow left-armer, playing his third Test, claimed 8-39 to skittle the tourists for 114 on the third morning of the first contest.