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JAMES Taylor will captain England Lions when they take on New Zealand A at the Bristol County Ground on Friday.

The Lions will be coached by Andy Flower, who is now the ECB’s technical director of elite coaching having resigned as head coach of the national side following the 5-0 series loss in Australia last winter.

New Zealand will also play Sri Lanka A at Bristol on Saturday as part of the triangular series.

England Lions squad: James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ravi Patel (Middlesex), Tom Smith (Lancashire), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northants).