The Nottinghamshire wicket-keeper Tom Moores has the opportunity to claim his request for international honors © Getty
The Nottinghamshire wicket-keeper Tom Moores and the Surrey handyman Will Jacks have has been convened for England Lions tour in India after the removal of Joe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore from the party for disciplinary reasons.
The following details released last week in the trial of former Worcestershire player Alex Hepburn, who faced two rape points related to an incident in April In 2017, Clarke and Kohler-Cadmore were dismissed from the Lions party from the new director of England Cricket, Ashley Giles. The former spinner wasted no time in remedying his promise to be resolute on disciplinary matters.
During the five days of trial, a jury heard how Hepburn, Clarke and Kohler-Cadmore were involved in a Whatsapp group who were involved in a "game" of sexual conquest in which they evaluated the women they had slept with out of ten. On Friday, the judge in the case of Hepburn fired the jury after they failed to reach a verdict. The Crown Prosecution Service now has two weeks to decide whether to continue a new process. Hepburn was released on bail and a trial date of the trial was scheduled for April 8th.
The decision to remove Clarke and Kohler-Cadmore from the Lions tour is a joke for their international ambitions – Clarke in particular has been close to senior selection in recent times – and shows that the conduct of the ECB will not be tolerated by misconduct off the field, particularly in light of the high profile incident of last year involving Ben Stokes and Alex Hales outside a nightclub in Bristol. The decision, however, provides Moores and Jack with the opportunity to claim their request for international honors.
The 22-year-old Moores, son of former English trainer Peter, had a constant season with the bat in all formats for Nottinghamshire in 2018, including the compilation of a first hundred Championship, while Jacks, 20, he is highly rated in County Champions Surrey and has been giving away some white ball cricket performances last summer, including a brilliant 100 in the Royal London One-Day Cup in only his third appearance in the first team.
The English Lions party departed today for India and will play India "A" in a series of 50 games out of five games, starting from January 23rd at Thiruvananthapuram, before two "tests" not Officials in early February