Alex Davies awarded England Lions cap in Jamaica
Lancashire wicket keeper to make first class debut for England Lions
Lancashire wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Davies will make his first-class debut for England Lions today in the second match of their three 'Test' series against West Indies A at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
Davies replaces Ben Foakes in the only change from the team beaten in the first match in Trelawny, and received his Lions cap from England selector Angus Fraser, who arrived in Kingston this week.
Andy Flower, the Lions head coach, explained: “Ben Foakes has been feeling a little tightness in his back, so after he spent some good time in the field during the first Test in Trelawny we have decided after consulting with the England management and selectors that it is sensible to play Alex Davies in this game.
“Alex has thoroughly earned this opportunity with the way he has practised and played, both in our training camp in Australia before Christmas, and again since we arrived in Jamaica – and he was making a strong claim to be considered anyway as a specialist batsman.”
Foakes and the Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane will return home as scheduled at the end of the Sabina Park match, when the rest of the Lions squad head for Antigua for the third Test followed by a three-match one-day series.