Archie named in England U19 Test squad

Somerset’s Archie Vaughan has been named in the England U19 Test squad for the two-match Youth Test series against Sri Lanka this month.

The 18-year-old top order batter and off spinner signed his first professional contract earlier this year and has been a part of the Somerset Academy since 2020. The right-hander made his Second XI debut in 2022 and featured for Somerset in the Abu Dhabi T20 Counties Super Cup this winter, opening the batting in the third-place paly off against Yorkshire where he made 35 from 28 balls in Somerset’s three-wicket victory.

Warwickshire batter Hamza Shaikh will captain the squad, and ahead of the series said: “Captaining England at any level is an incredible honour. I’ve got to know the guys well over the last couple of years so I know I’ll have great support and experience to draw on.

“I’ve captained Warwickshire’s Second XI several times this summer. At times I’ve been captaining sides including the likes of Chris Woakes, Liam Norwell and Jake Lintott. They’ve helped me and given me more confidence in my leadership on and off the field, advising on bowling options and field placements.

“I like to think I’m a fairly calm guy and captaincy doesn’t phase me. I’m looking forward to the challenge and hopefully coming away with a series win.”

A 14-player squad has been selected for the series, which begins at Wormsley on Monday 8 July before the second Youth Test at Cheltenham from Tuesday July 16th.

England Men U19s Youth Test squad:

Hamza Shaikh (Warwickshire – captain)
Farhan Ahmed (Nottinghamshire)
Charlie Barnard (Lancashire)
Jack Carney (unattached)
Jaydn Denly (Kent)
Rocky Flintoff (Lancashire)
Kesh Fonseka (Lancashire)
Alex French (Surrey)
Alex Green (Leicestershire)
Eddie Jack (Hampshire)
Freddie McCann (Nottinghamshire)
Harry Moore (Derbyshire)
Noah Thain (Essex)
Archie Vaughan (Somerset)