Academy fast bowler Raphael Weatherall has been selected in the England U19 side to face Ireland and Australia this week.

The seamer was originally called up to the Young Lions Invitational squad for two warm up fixtures but has now been promoted to the final squad.

Having impressed in the 2XI this season and at the ECB Super-4s last month, Weatherall says he is grateful for the opportunity to represent his country.

“It’s an honour to be invited to play for England U19’s, it’s been a dream and a target of mine since the start of my academy experience.”

“I’m super excited to be around the lads, experiencing the professionalism and standards of international cricket and really learning from all the excellent coaches who have a lot of experience in the game.” Weatherall said.

The 18-year-old has already had several highlights so far this season, becoming a key player for the 2XI and also representing the Steelbacks in their showcase T20 fixture against Grenada.

“The highlight of the season so far has been taking six wickets in the 2XI against Leicestershire, but I’ve also taken a lot from things like talking to senior players like Ben Sanderson and learning new things which has increased my array of skills.”

Academy Director Kevin Innes believes Weatherall has earned the call up to the squad.

“Raphy has been extremely professional in his approach to training and to games, and is improving massively year on year.

“He was the fastest bowler in the country at the Super-4s and he has worked very hard to get where he is today.” Innes said.

“We’re all very proud of him and we can’t wait to see him in action.” He added.

The Young Lions face Australia U19 in a two day fixture on the 22nd and 23rd of August then go up against Ireland U19’s in a 50 over match on the 25th of August.