Lions to face Powell

03 March 2018 10:34:53 EST

England Lions will come up against some of the players that whitewashed them 3-0 in the recent 'Test' series when they face West Indies A in three 50-over matches next week.

Once again the Windies second string will be captained by Kieran Powell with spinners Jomel Warrican and Rahkeem Cornwall also retained.

Then there are a clutch of players who impressed with their recent performances in Caribbean domestic cricket including all-rounder Kavem Hodge, batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj and two fast bowlers Romario Shepherd and Keemo Paul.

"We are now looking forward to similar performances from the players in the one-day series that are worthy of challenging for senior team slots," said chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

"Our performances in one-day internationals at the senior level have not been consistent for a number of years now and we need to start identifying players that can help us to become a more consistent ODI team.

"Hodge had a very good all-round performance for his franchise which helped them to win the Super50 Cup. His ability to bowl up front with his left-arm spin bowling is an asset and his very capable middle-order batting brings a good dimension to the squad.

"Chandrapaul Hemraj looked promising with the bat during the Digicel four-day Championship and Super50 Cup, so he has been given an opportunity to stake a claim for one of the opening positions, where we've lacked consistency in our international cricket.

"Romario Shepherd, whose ability to bowl with good pace and control in the power play, gave him the nod over other contenders, and Keemo Paul was an ICC Youth World Cup winner with our Under-19 squad two years ago and has progressed nicely."

England are 3/1 to win the 2019 World Cup while West Indies can be backed at 16/1.

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