Friday, February 24th, 2017

Clarke Hoping For Bigger Involvement In 50 Over Series

Clarke Hoping For Bigger Involvement In 50 Over Series

Joe Clarke will be hoping for a bigger role with the England Lions one-day squad after again being left out of the team for the second 'Test' with Sri Lanka 'A' in Dambulla today.

The Worcestershire batsman's focus will switch to the five 50 over clashes against the same opponents in between March 2 and 11.

Clarke played as wicket-keeper in the warm up match against a President's X1 and took six catches and a stumping but scored only 10 in both innings.

He was not chosen for the Lions victory in the first 'Test' and has suffered the same fate today for the four-day encounter.

Keaton Jennings (44), Tom Westley (68) and a Liam Livingstone century helped the Lions reach 339-9 by the close after winning the toss.

The 50 over series begins at the same venue on March 2.

After the Sri Lankan tour, Clarke will link up with the North squad in the UAE for the three match series against the South.

But there has been an enforced changed today to the South squad with Middlesex paceman Toby Roland-Jones replacing injury Kent bowler Matt Coles.


North: K Jennings (Durham, capt), B Duckett (Northamptonshire Steelbacks*), S Hain (Warwickshire), J Clarke (Worcestershire Rapids, wk), L Livingstone (Lancashire Lightning), J Leaning (Yorkshire Vikings), T Bresnan (Yorkshire Vikings*), J Poysden (Warwickshire), G White (Northamptonshire Steelbacks*), M Wood (Durham), S Mahmood (Lancashire Lightning), R Gleeson (Northamptonshire Steelbacks), H Gurney (Notts Outlaws*).

South: J Vince (Hampshire, capt), D Bell-Drummond (Kent Spitfires), T Alsop (Hampshire), D Malan (Middlesex), S Northeast (Kent Spitfires), L Dawson (Hampshire*), B Foakes (Surrey, wk), T Curran (Surrey), L Gregory (Somerset*), T Groenewald (Somerset*), T Roland-Jones (Middlesex), S Finn (Middlesex), M Crane (Hampshire).