The young batsman will get his first taste of international captaincy.
England and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root is excited about his first outing as national captain when England Lions take on New Zealand.
Root broke into the Test set-up over the winter and has impressed during tours of both India and New Zealand in recent months.
Although still only 22, the Sheffield-born cricketer is already being touted as a natural successor to current five-day skipper Alastair Cook.
The Lions are playing the Kiwis in a four-day warm-up match ahead of the Black Caps’ two-match Test series with England later in the month.