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Meet the twelfth men

Meet the twelfth men

Three MCC Young Cricketers will be on twelfth man duty for the first Investec Test between England and New Zealand at Lord's which starts on 16 May.

Billy Root, Adam Hose and Adam Dobb are currently part of the MCC YC programme under the tutelage of MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne - the former Gloucestershire and England allrounder - and have been netting with both sides ahead of the match.

Root, a talented left-handed top order player, is the younger brother of England batsman Joe and will be given the chance to take the field with his older sibling at some point over the course of the Test.

Hose meanwhile, who hails from the Isle of Wight, is a fine young batsman who spent two weeks this winter at the Global Cricket School in Mumbai after winning 2012's IRK MacLaren Young Cricketer Award.

Dobb is a bowling allrounder who learnt his trade in Nottinghamshire.

The men who carry the drinks!

The twelfth men will be on hand to carry the drinks, take to the field when the England players are off for injuries and assist with warm-ups and practice over the course of the test.

Other YCs have been involved this week as net bowlers for both teams, and will assist Groundsman Mick Hunt when the match starts on Thursday 16 May.

Many famous players have been graduates of the MCC YC scheme, including current Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor, who spoke to Lord's TV with his former MCC coach Clive Radley.

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