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Key to lead the England Lions against the West Indies

Tuesday 21st April 2009

Kent skipper Rob Key has been named as captain of the England Lions for next week’s four-day match against the West Indies. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a strong 11-manLions squadfor the game, which starts onApril 30 at Derby.

England National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: “This is a really exciting summer for cricket in England and Wales and the Lions matches are excellent opportunities for players to push for England places. The Lions squads feature players who display qualities that are capable of winning matches for England, so these games are very important.

“Kent’s Rob Key captained outstandingly well in New Zealand and then took the reins in similar fashion for the MCC in the Champion County match, so he will continue to lead for the match against West Indies.”

Rob Key (captain, Kent)
Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Sajid Mahmood (Lancs)
Stephen Moore (Worcs)
Samit Patel (Notts)
Liam Plunkett (Durham)
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)