Mark Ramprakash to take charge of England Lions

David Gower and Michael Atherton are joined by Andy Flower to discuss this year's North v South series and the importance of the Lions programme.

Andy Flower will hand his duties as England Lions coach to Mark Ramprakash this summer.

Flower has temporarily replaced Andrew Strauss as England and Wales Cricket Board director, the former Test captain having stepped aside due to his wife’s illness.

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Ramprakash, who will combine his Lions role with that of current England batting coach, will help to prepare the team for a limited-overs triangular series against India A and West Indies A and then a Test against India A over the next two months.

Flower said: “While taking on additional day-to-day duties following Andrew’s extended leave, I wanted to ensure the Lions were adequately supported with a high-quality coach, and we believe that Mark Ramprakash is a perfect replacement to lead the team this summer.

“He has already made a significant contribution to our International Pathway through his work with the England senior sides, his involvement with the Young Lions and Lions during winter programmes and his role as coach of the South team in the three-match limited-overs series against the North held in Barbados back in March.

“Mark will work alongside the current Lions management team – and where time permits, I will be available to assist him and the rest of the coaching staff in what will be an intense test for our young players against strong opposition in the A sides of India and West Indies respectively.”