Dan Lawrence has a chance to cement his position at No.4 for England

Dan Lawrence has a chance to cement his position at No.4 for England

Dan Lawrence has been handed an opportunity to seal a spot in England’s middle order for the first Test against West Indies after being selected at No. 4 for their four-day warm-up match against a CWI President’s XI in Antigua.
 
Lawrence, 24, made his Test debut in Sri Lanka last year and averages 27.23 after eight matches. He was a member of the Ashes squad in Australia but was not handed a single match, and has not played any competitive cricket since the end of the County Championship season.
 
Ollie Pope, who was given yet another chance in the squad for the West Indies tour despite a horrible series in Australia in which he made 67 runs across six innings, is the only batter not included for Tuesday’s warm-up fixture.
 
England have selected a 12-man squad featuring four seamers (Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson) and one spinner (Jack Leach) with one of those five likely to lose their spot for the first Test on March 8. The uncapped Saqib Mahmood, Matthew Fisher and Matt Parkinson join Pope as the reserves.
Collingwood and Griffith share their respective game plans
“We’ve done a lot of talking,” Paul Collingwood, England’s interim head coach, told the ECB’s in-house channels. “We’ve had some real open and honest meetings, and a lot of players and a lot of staff have spoken up in those meetings so they’re accountable now. They’ve got to go and live it. They’ve got to put what they’ve said in those meetings out onto the field.
 
“I feel as though the guys have really bought into it. There’s a sense of excitement and genuine enthusiasm about moving the team forward and to build self-sufficiency in the team. I know I’ve only got the job as an interim coach but I guess the challenge is to pass the team onto whoever comes in after the four weeks and the team to be in a better, stronger place than it has been. When you get a role like this, you want to make a difference.”
 
“The pitch and the outfield are looking in immaculate condition and we are really pleased with what we are seeing,” Rayon Griffith, who will coach the President’s XI, said. “We’ve had some good training sessions and we expect to give a really good account during the four-day match.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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