Leicestershire’s Josh Cobb has been included in England’s squad for the Hong Kong Sixes tournament later this month.
Cobb has been rewarded for his consistent performances throughout Leicestershire’s Friends Life t20 campaign, including a four-wicket haul with his off spin in their victory over Somerset in the final at Edgbaston.
Cobb, the 21-year-old son of former Leicestershire opener Russell, played for England Under-19s but this will be his first involvement in an England side since then.
He will be joined in the Hong Kong squad by Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke who also enjoyed a successful season with bat, ball and in the field which included 39 catches in the County Championship, a record by an outfielder since the competition was split into two divisions in 2000.
Surrey’s Rory Hamilton-Brown will captain England with Nottinghamshire skipper Chris Read in the ranks.
England will be managed by Surrey’s Chris Adams at the Sixes which take place at the Kowloon Cricket Club between October 28 and 30.
Twelve teams will compete in the competition, with England drawn in a group alongside defending champions Australia, Bangladesh and Ireland.