IT is a day Bolton’s Parkinson twins will not forget in a hurry.

Monday, September 23, will have long been pencilled in the diary as Lancashire’s Matt, and Leicestershire’s Callum, were due to meet in the County Championship Division Two clash.

That the pair would go head-to-head was expected but that was overtaken by news in the afternoon Matt had been called up for England’s tour of New Zealand.

The 22-year-old then celebrated in unique fashion after tea on the opening day of the game, trapping his brother leg before wicket for 29 as Division Two champions Lancashire bowled their hosts out for just 155.

Parkinson is joined in the Test and Twenty20 squads to face the Kiwis by Red Rose colleague Saqib Mahmood, the man who informed him of the news as play was going on at Grace Road.

“I was actually on the field in mid-over when I found out,” said the Heaton leg spinner.

“Saqib, who isn’t playing in this match, was on the players’ balcony and he shouted the news to me.

“At the end of the over I came down to fine leg and was asking which squad I was in!

“Then the other lads found out and came over to me to congratulate me.

“I’m very happy and proud, and it’s an amazing way to finish the season.

“Hopefully we can stay unbeaten in the championship, we’ve made a good start to this game, and then I can start looking forward to the winter.”

Callum is also heading to sunnier climbs during the off-season as he goes to Australia.

The left-arm spinner is already eyeing the short hop to potentially see his brother in international action for the first time believing his rise shows what all county players can achieve.

“I didn’t actually know he’d been selected, but the Lancashire lads mentioned it during an over,” he said.

“I’m delighted for him, it’s reward for all the hard work he’s put in, and for me, it’s motivation and inspiration.

“If you perform, you might get a chance at a higher level.

“All our lads have got to use it as inspiration.

“To see someone that young picked for the full England squad is really encouraging.

“Of course I’m over the moon for him, though.

“I’ll be in Australia this winter, in Adelaide, so I might pop over and see him – as long as he pays for the flights!”

The brothers’ friendly rivalry did not continue yesterday as heavy rain and a sodden outfield meant no play was possible on the second day of the County Championship match.

Lancashire had lost Keaton Jennings to a first-ball duck on Monday as they set off on pursuit of the home side’s 155 all out, Bolton’s Josh Bohannon one of the not out batsmen.

But the weather denied the promoted champions the chance to rebuild, though the conditions should assist them in their bid to end the four-day season unbeaten.