Ian Bell, James Foster and Jonathan Trott are the latest names to be confirmed in the MCC squad for the T20 Triangular Tournament at Lord’s later this month.
The three ex-England Internationals will form part of the squad to face Nepal and the Netherlands at the Home of Cricket on Sunday 29th July. MCC will play both teams before the associate nations go head-to-head in the final match of the day.
The England trio joins Sri Lanka legend Mahela Jayawardene and Scotland Internationals Dylan Budge, Alasdair Evans and Mark Watt in the MCC line-up.
Warwickshire and England batsman Bell features four times on the famous Honours Board in the home dressing room at Lord’s for centuries against Pakistan, West Indies, South Africa and Australia. He last played for MCC in the Emirates Airline T20 in Dubai in early 2016, and has twice represented the Club in the traditional curtain-raiser to the English domestic season against the Champion County.
Bell’s Warwickshire and England team-mate Trott made his highest Test score of 226 against Bangladesh at Lord’s in 2010, before following up with 184 against Pakistan later that summer, also at the Home of Cricket. A three-time Ashes winner, he made a century on his Test debut at The Oval to help England regain the urn in 2009. This may be one of the last opportunities to see Trott play at Lord’s as he has announced his intention to retire from cricket at the end of the current season.
Essex wicketkeeper Foster, regarded as one of the best glovemen on the circuit, has enjoyed a stellar first-class career, scoring almost 14,000 runs in his 289 matches, and claiming over 900 victims behind the stumps. He has played 177 matches in the T20 format, including five for England in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20.
Nepal made their debut at Lord’s in 2016 in a match arranged to mark the 200-year relationship between Britain and Nepal. A crowd of around 5,000 Nepalese supporters attended that match to watch as their side defeated MCC by 41 runs.
This will be the first time that the Netherlands have played at Lord’s since 2012 when they competed in the ECB’s 40-over competition. Their most famous day at the Home of Cricket came in the opening match of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, when they shocked hosts England by claiming victory by four wickets.
The remainder of the MCC squad will be announced in the coming weeks.