English cricketer Dan Lawrence has been given the opportunity to seal the number four spot in England’s Test team. Lawrence is listed at number four in the batting order for the four-day warm-up match against CWI President’s XI in Antigua. He played his first Test match against Sri Lanka last year and has played 8 matches since. The 24-year old currently has 354 runs in 8 matches at an average of 27.2.
Ollie Pope, on the other hand, who is included in the squad, is the only batsman who was not included in the warm-up game for England. England has announced a 12-man side, which has four-seamers i.e., Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Mark Wood, and Ollie Robinson.
“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 really 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 building 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.”
England: 1 Alex Lees, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Joe Root (captain), 4 Dan Lawrence, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Ben Foakes (wk), 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Craig Overton, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Ollie Robinson, 12 Jack Leach
CWI President’s XI: (possible) 1 Jeremy Solozano, 2 Shayne Moseley, 3 Keacy Carty, 4 Devon Thomas, 5 Alick Athanaze, 6 Raymon Reifer, 7 Shane Dowrich (captain/wk), 8 Shamar Springer, 9 Colin Archibald, 10 Preston McSween, 11 Bryan Charles, 12 Shermon Lewis