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The Lions squad to shadow the England team in Australia contains typical mix of talents but there are some notable and baffling outcasts
England Lions squad announcements, in their own little way, provoke as much fury as the senior squad, with focus as much on who is out than in. This time, for the flight (economy class, so their heads don’t swell too much) to Australia to shadow the Ashes squad – which may yet find it has a large hole in it – the story was the same, with the selectors choosing a mixed bag of Test cricketers (namely Tom Westley, Keaton Jennings, Mark Wood and Ben Duckett), those who have pushed on this year, those who have stalled but have credit in the bank, and those who barely register with their counties but are all the rage at Loughborough.
Ostensibly this is a training camp, but they play a three-day game against a Queensland XI, as well as three T20s against Perth Scorchers, too. The real business takes place after Christmas in the Caribbean, with three “Tests” and three one-dayers against West Indies A. Selection will be revisited in December, when the squads for North-South will also be picked. Those supporting coach Andy Flower are as interesting as the squad; Chris Silverwood, mastermind of Essex’s title win, will look after the bowlers, while Adam Hollioake, the former Surrey and England captain, is fielding coach.
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• World Cup-winning scrum half had motor neurone disease since 2011
• Van der Westhuizen was admitted to hospital on Saturday
Joost van der Westhuizen, the South African Rugby World Cup winner, has died aged 45. The former scrum-half had been living with motor neurone disease since 2011 and was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning.
The J9 Foundation, the charity founded by Van der Westhuizen in 2012, confirmed that he had died at home, saying in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Joost. He passed away in his home surrounded by his loved ones. He will be sorely missed.”
Related: Joost van der Westhuizen obituary
RIP Joost van der Westhuizen. An incredible player and fighter to the end. The first of the new age 9’s.
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