England Lions look ahead to Windies A tour
LONDON, England (CMC):
England Lions left for the Caribbean Wednesday, bracing for a tough challenge in foreign conditions but confident of executing, following an intense training camp Down Under.
The squad, headed by Test opener Keaton Jennings, will clash with West Indies A in three four-day "Tests" and three one-dayers in a tour running from February 5 to March 11.
Jennings, skippering the side for a second straight overseas tour, urged his players to adapt quickly as Lions looked to take positive results against the hosts.
"West Indies will be a different culture for us all to experience, and it's an exciting prospect to be playing at Sabina Park in Kingston, where we've got our warm-up match next week as well as the second Test," Jennings said.
"Then we head to Antigua, and after that for those of us lucky enough to be in the North-South Series as well, we play at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
"I expect the atmosphere to be similar to last year. You get put under pressure both by the opposition and our own coaches. You have to be able to adapt to unknown opposition in different conditions."
He added: "There's also the element of trying to impress the coaches and selectors who will be out there - and if you look at our squad, there are a few guys who will be vying for different positions. But we will also be trying our utmost to win the series."
The 25-year-old Jennings is a left-handed opener who hit a hundred on debut against India 14 months ago but was subsequently dropped after only six Tests.
He leads a strong squad which includes wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and 20-year-old leg-spinner Mason Crane, both of whom were part of the recent Ashes squad.