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Jamaica Select vow to be competitive against England Lions

Monday, February 05, 2018

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Junior Bennett, the coach of the Jamaica Select cricket squad for the warm-up game against England Lions, says he expects local players to provide a competitive contest for the touring party.

The three-day encounter at Sabina Park is scheduled to start today at 10:00 am.

“We are looking for them to go out there and give a good account of themselves, and do their talent justice,” Bennett told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

While noting that most of the senior local cricketers are currently with the Jamaica Scorpions squad competing in the Regional Super50 tournament, Bennett said there is still plenty of quality left behind.

“The majority of our senior players are at the Super50, but the players we have here have represented the country before. Most of them here have played first-class cricket before, so this is a game to help them going forward. I have no doubt that they will go out and express themselves in the middle,” he insisted.

Left-hand batsman Paul Palmer, who has captained the Jamaica Scorpions four-day team, leads the Select squad that also includes Guyanese-born, top-order left-hand batsmen Assad Fudadin and Trevon Griffith as well as the aggressive batting pair of Kenar Lewis and Garth Garvey.

Aldaine Thomas is entrusted with glove duties while the pace bowling department comprises Jason Dawes, Reynard Leveridge, Marquino Mindley and rookie Gordon Bryan. Slow bowling options arrive in the form of ace leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, left-arm finger spinner Stephan Casey and off-spinners Jamie Merchant and Damani Sewell.

The Lions' squad, headed by Test opener Keaton Jennings, will clash with West Indies A in three four-day unofficial Tests and three one-day matches on this tour which is slated to end March 11.

“West Indies will be a different culture for us all to experience, and it's an exciting prospect to be playing at Sabina Park in Kingston, where we've got our warm-up match next week as well as the second Test,” Jennings was quoted as saying before their departure to the Caribbean.

The opening “Test” at Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on Jamaica's north coast is set to start February 11 before the teams turn attention to the second four-day match at Sabina Park from February 18-21.

Action then switches to Antigua for the final “Test” from February 26 to March 1 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

All three matches in the 50-over series will be played at the Coolidge Cricket Ground also in Antigua.

Jamaica Select squad — Paul Palmer (capt), Assad Fudadin, Aldaine Thomas, Kenar Lewis, Garth Garvey, Jamie Merchant, Gordon Bryan, Jason Dawes, Marquino Mindley, Stephan Casey, Reynard Leveridge, Damion Jacobs, Trevon Griffith, Damani Sewell.

England Lions — Keaton Jennings (captain), Nick Gubbins, Saqib Mahmood, Toby Roland-Jones, Jack Leach, Dominic Bess, Mason Crane, James Porter, Ben Foakes, Joe Clarke, Liam Livingstone, Dan Lawrence, Alex Davies, Paul Coughlin, George Garton, Haseeb Hameed.

— Sanjay Myers

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