PLYMOUTH cricketer Lewis Gregory has been named in England’s squad for their one-day international match against Ireland on May 8 in Dublin.
The 22-year-old all-rounder is one of five uncapped players selected in an experiment England side.
The other players who are set for their national debuts are Surrey’s Zafar Ansari, Hampshire’s James Vince, Northamptonshire’s David Willey and Kent’s Sam Billings.
Somerset’s Gregory admitted his call-up came as a total surprise, but a welcome one.
“It’s hugely exciting and a massive honour,” he said. “I’m absolutely buzzing at the moment.”
Gregory, who came through Plympton’s ranks, is a former England under-19 captain. He was mainly a batsman then but in the last couple of seasons he has really made a name for himself as a bowler.