Josh Tongue has been ruled out of the England Lions winter tour of the West Indies through injury.

The Worcestershire paceman aggravated an ankle problem during the pre-Christmas Lions training camp in Australia.

He is to see a consultant next Wednesday about the setback.

Tongue had been selected for the four-day section on the trip to the Caribbean and will be replaced by Somerset off spinner Dominic Bess.

His County colleague Joe Clarke remains a part of the squad.

The Lions will hold a training camp at the Desert Springs Resort in Spain from January 20-25 ahead of their departure on January 31 for Jamaica.

There they will play a three-day warm-up match at Sabina Park ahead of four-day matches at Trelawny and Sabina Park, before switching to Antigua for the third four-day match against West Indies A followed by the one-day series.

Amended Lions squads:

For whole tour: K Jennings (Lancashire, capt), J Clarke (Worcestershire), L Livingstone (Lancashire), S Curran (Surrey), J Porter (Essex), P Coughlin (Nottinghamshire), S Mahmood (Lancashire), N Gubbins (Middlesex), A Davies (Lancashire, wk), D Bess (Somerset).

Red-ball only: H Hameed (Lancashire), D Lawrence (Essex), B Foakes (Surrey, wk), T Roland-Jones (Middlesex), J Leach (Somerset), M Crane (Hampshire).

White-ball only: S Northeast (Kent), L Dawson (Hampshire), T Helm (Middlesex), G Garton (Sussex), M Parkinson (Lancashire).

February 5-7: Tour Match – Sabina Park, Jamaica

February 11-14 – v West Indies A – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica

February 18-21 – v West Indies A – Sabina Park, Jamaica

February 26 – March 1 – v West Indies A – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 4: Tour Match – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 6 – v West Indies A – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 9 – v West Indies A – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

March 11 – v West Indies A – Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua


Meanwhile Worcestershire paceman George Scrimshaw is part of the ECB Pace Programme this winter.

Those selected are taking part in a three-day get together at Loughborough this week and for the following two weeks.

Scrimshaw and Co will fly out to Potchefstroom on January 25 for a two week warm weather training camp.

They will then reconvene on February 27 for another warm weather training camp in Desert Springs, Spain.