LANCASHIRE BOWLER Gavin Griffiths has been called up to the England under 19s squad for their forthcoming tour of South Africa
The Ormskirk-born seamer signed professional terms with the county at the end of last season.
Captained by Leicestershire's Shiv Thakor, the young England side will play two four-day Tests and five one-day internationals versus their South Africa counterparts early next year.
The first Test will be at Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town, from January 27 and the second at Boland Park, Paarl, from February 3. The first ODI is on February 13 and the last eight days later.
The tour, which runs from January 23 to February 21 2013, is the initial part of the preparation for the Under-19 World Cup in February 2014 and the squad therefore predominantly consists of Under-18 and Under-17 players.
Coach Tim Boon said: "I am really excited about the development opportunities for players selected to tour South Africa in January and February next year to play two four-day Tests and five one-day internationals.
“Shiv Thakor of Leicestershire has been appointed tour captain and is one of three Under-19s players. The squad includes five players with high potential who have graduated from the ECB's Under 17s England Development Programme. The learning curve will be steep with three international series prior to the next ICC Under-19s World Cup in February 2014.
“Four players still eligible for the Under-19s squad have progressed to the Potential EPP Fast Bowlers squad while Essex wicket-keeper Ben Foakes, a recent graduate from the England Development Programme, has also toured India this winter with the England Performance Programme."
Shiv Thakor (Leicestershire, captain)
Tom Barber (Hampshire)
Ed Barnard (Worcestershire)
Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire)
Harry Finch (Sussex)
Ryan Gibson (Yorkshire)
Gavin Griffiths (Lancashire)
Miles Hammond (Gloucestershire)
Callum Jackson (Sussex)
Josh Shaw (Yorkshire)
Tom Shrewsbury (Gloucestershire)
Dominic Sibley (Surrey)
Olly Stone (Northamptonshire)
Jonny Tattersall (Yorkshire)
Kishen Velani (Essex)
Jan 23-24: Tour match, Bellville Cricket Club, Cape Town
Jan 27-30: First Test, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town
Feb 3-6: Second Test, Boland Park, Paarl
Feb 10: Tour match, Bridge House, Franschhoek
Feb 13: First ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
Feb 15: Second ODI, Bellville Cricket Club, Cape Town
Feb 16: Third ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
Feb 19: Fourth ODI, Coetzenberg, Stellenbosch
Feb 21: Fifth ODI, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town