Lions to face strong Windies

05 February 2018 04:42:41 EST

West Indies have named an A team with considerable experience for the three-match 'Test' series versus the England Lions starting next week.

The Windies' second string will be led by Kieran Powell and also includes two others to have featured in full internationals against England last summer.

Jamaica batsman Jermaine Blackwood and fast bowler Miguel Cummins are also named for the matches - two in Jamaica and one under floodlights in Antigua.

"With a strong England Lions team touring the Caribbean, the selection panel felt that it was a good opportunity to strengthen the A team with some of our Test players who will not have the opportunity to play any first-class cricket ahead of the Sri Lanka series," said chairman of selectors Courtney Browne.

"This series also provides some of the incumbent Test players the opportunity to restate a claim for a position in the Test match squad for the what will be two important home series (vs Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in June and July).

"The team also includes several players who have been part of the 'A' Team programme before and we believe their focus should be on performances that will elevate them to the senior team."

Also in the squad is all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who has hit two one-day hundreds for Leeward Islands in the past week.

Meanwhile, the West Indies are 20/1 to win the 2019 World Cup, with hosts England 9/4 and South Africa 7/1.

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