BOLTON’S Matt Parkinson has been named as part of a bumper 55-man training group by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The Lancashire leg spinner has been back in action under strict guidelines at Old Trafford in recent days having been with the international set-up for the tours of New Zealand, South African and Sri Lanka.

Parkinson was one of only three players, alongside Joe Denly and Sam Curran, to be named in all six winter England squads.

The 23-year-old is one of seven Red Rose players in the latest selection, James Anderson, Jos Buttler, Saqib Mahmood, Keaton Jennings, Liam Livingstone and Richard Gleeson also included.

Blackpool seamer Gleeson is one of 14 uncapped players from the county game while Livingstone will be hoping to impress having last played for his country in 2017.

The expanded group will not be brought together in one place, with individual sessions at a host of county venues the only form of training currently approved, and does not represent an official England squad.

Format-specific squads will be named at a later date, starting with Test cricket. Hopes are high that the delayed three-match series against the West Indies will go ahead in July but should the rest of the calendar fall into place – including a full Pakistan tour and limited-overs matches against Australia and Ireland – a wide pool of players will be required to stage matches in close succession while still offering the right amount of travel, training and rest time.