BOLTON track cyclist Chris Latham has been selected by England for the Commonwealth Games.

The Breightmet rider is in the country's 27-strong team to compete in Australia next month.

Farnworth cycling superstar Jason Kenny, and his fellow Olympic gold medallist wife Laura, have decided not to take part.

The Commonwealths will be 24-year-old Latham's first experience at a major Games.

He has been picked to race in two events for Team England – the track endurance and road races.

As part of its plans to send the best prepared team to the Games, England will hold a 10-day camp in Brisbane and create a dedicated performance centre inside the Commonwealth Games Village.

Team England chef de mission Sarah Winckless said: “I’m delighted we are taking such a strong team to the Commonwealth Games.

"England has a long history in cycling at the Commonwealth Games having won over 100 medals. I’m hopeful this team will be able to add to that tally for team and country in just a few weeks time.”

The Gold Coast Games are the latest event on former Withins High School pupil Latham's itinerary as he targets a place on the Great Britain team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.