Gleeson elated at Lions call

09 February 2018 03:42:45 GMTPlus11

Uncapped Northamptonshire fast bowler Richard Gleeson has been called up for England Lions' tour of the Caribbean.

Lancastrian Gleeson, who has been a revelation since being snapped up by Northamptonshire in his late 20s, will replace George Garton in the squad.

The Sussex left-armer is heading home from Jamaica after aggravating a side injury in the preparations for the Lions' warm-up match at Sabina Park.

Thirty-year-old Gleeson, who formerly played Minor Counties cricket for Cumberland, will take Garton's place for both the red-ball and white-ball sections of the Lions tour in the Caribbean after three seasons on the domestic circuit.

However, he will not arrive in time to be considered for the first four-day match against West Indies A which starts on Sunday.

"I was sat having dinner out with a few of the lads when James Whitaker rang. Rips (Northamptonshire coach David Ripley) had said that Andy Flower had been in touch on Thursday night to enquire about my availability, but to actually get the call was just a phenomenal feeling," Gleeson said.

"Just over a year ago I was working as a community coach up at Lancs, so to get the opportunity to play for my country is a dream come true, though something I never thought could actually happen."

Meanwhile, England are 3.25 to win the 2019 World Cup on home soil, while they can be backed at 6.00 to triumph at the 2020 World Twenty20.

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