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Critchley gets England Lions call up

All-rounder Matt Critchley has been called up to the England Lions squad for the three-match one-day series against West Indies A next month.

The 21-year-old, who is currently in Australia as part of his ECB Overseas Placement, will join up with the England Lions for the first time for the one-day series in Antigua, from 6 to 11 March.

Critchley is the first Derbyshire player since Mark Footitt in 2015 to feature in an England squad, and the first ever to be selected for the England Lions.

He earned the call-up after impressing in the New South Wales Premier League in Sydney with Fairfield Liverpool this winter, hitting 594 runs at an average of 66, including two centuries. He has also taken 16 wickets with best figures of 3-37.

The Cricket Derbyshire Academy in partnership with University of Derby graduate has scored 775 first-class runs for Derbyshire in 18 matches at an average of 32.

The powerful hitter has also scored 203 List A runs in 21 matches and 276 runs in Twenty20 cricket at a strike rate of 134, with a top score of 72 not out.

Critchley said: “It’s an honour and a great opportunity to be part of an England squad. I’m really looking forward to getting out there and getting started.

“Hopefully I can play a few games, but if not I want to learn as much as I can and show them what skills I have.”

Squad

Jennings (Lancashire, capt), N Gubbins (Middlesex), S Northeast (Kent), J Clarke (Worcestershire), D Lawrence (Essex), A Davies (Lancashire), S Curran (Surrey), P Coughlin (Nottinghamshire), J Porter (Essex), T Roland-Jones (Middlesex), S Mahmood (Lancashire), R Gleeson (Northamptonshire), D Bess (Somerset), M Parkinson (Lancashire), M Critchley (Derbyshire).

Fixtures

Tour match: 4 March – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
6 March v West Indies A: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
9 March v West Indies A: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua
11 March v West Indies A: Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua

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