Toby Roland-Jones and Matt Critchley have been called into the England Lions squad for the three-match one-day series against West Indies A in Antigua next month.
Roland-Jones, the Middlesex fast bowler who took 17 wickets in his first four Test appearances last summer only to be ruled out of the Ashes tour by a stress fracture in his lower back, is already in Jamaica with the Lions and currently playing in the first of their three four-day matches against West Indies A.
He will now stay on for the one-day series to replace his Middlesex team-mate Tom Helm, who suffered an injury to his right hamstring in the late stages of the ECB Pace Programme in South Africa this month – having recovered from the left hamstring problem which restricted him during the Lions’ training camp in Australia before Christmas, and ruled him out of the red-ball section of the West Indies tour.
Critchley, a 21-year-old leg-spinning all-rounder from Derbyshire, has been enjoying his second successful ECB Overseas Placement in Sydney this winter, and fills the vacancy in the Lions one-day squad left by Liam Dawson’s withdrawal to play in the Pakistan Super League.
England Lions One-Day Series v West Indies A
Squad: K Jennings (Lancashire, capt), N Gubbins (Middlesex), S Northeast (Kent), J Clarke (Worcestershire), D Lawrence (Essex), A Davies (Lancashire), S Curran (Surrey), P Coughlin (Nottinghamshire), J Porter (Essex), T Roland-Jones (Middlesex), S Mahmood (Lancashire), R Gleeson (Northamptonshire), D Bess (Somerset), M Parkinson (Lancashire), M Critchley (Derbyshire).
4 March: Tour match – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
6 March – v West Indies A: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
9 March – v West Indies A: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
11 March – v West Indies A: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua