WORCESTERSHIRE ace Joe Clarke is in the England Lions squad for a training camp in Australia in November and December.

The batsman scored 920 runs at an average of 43.80 in the County Championship to help the club to the Division Two title.

It was a figure only bettered by opener Daryl Mitchell (1,266).

Clarke was also the County's leading scorer in the NatWest T20 Blast after a switch to the opening role and also their top six hitter with 19 in the competition.

He has been a regular member of the Lions set-up since making his debut against Pakistan A in the UAE two winters ago.

The Lions will spend a week at the Performance Centre, Loughborough, before flying to Brisbane on November 14 for a two-week camp with a red-ball focus.

This will culminate in a three-day match against a Queensland XI at the Allan Border Oval from November 27 to 29.

They then head to Perth for two weeks focusing on white-ball skills when they will play three T20 matches against a Scorchers team preparing for the Big Bash.

Lions' squad for a seven-week trip to the West Indies in 2018 will be selected in December along with those for the North-South Series in Barbados in March.

Clarke was chosen for the North last winter.

Meanwhile, County paceman Dillon Pennington is among eight new faces in an 18-man Young Lions squad selected for the final stages of England’s preparations for next January’s ICC Under-19s World Cup.

Pennington joins his County team-mate Adam Finch in the squad.

It is another feather in the cap for academy coach Elliot Wilson as another member of the talented group of young players at New Road earns international selection.

Pennington was part of the County’s satellite academy at Shropshire for two years working with ex-Worcestershire player Paul Pridgeon.

He joined the academy halfway through 2015-2016 and was included as part of the 2016-2017 intake.

The 6ft 5ins Pennington plays Birmingham League cricket for Shrewsbury.

He made his seconds debut against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College earlier this summer.

Finch is approaching the end of his first year with the County academy and made his England under 19s debut this summer, playing in two one-day internationals against India.

He took his first five-wicket haul for the seconds and won the Damian D’Oliveira Academy Player Of The Year award.

The Young Lions are part of a Tri-Series against South Africa and Namibia in Potchefstroom from November 23 to December 10.