England Lions coach Mark Ramprakash says that Thursday’s one-dayer against West Indies A at the County Ground is a good opportunity for players to stake a claim for consideration for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
England’s senior one day team has been on a stellar run to the world’s number one ranking recently, and the 5-0 whitewash over Australia showcased the side’s ability to win in all situations.
But a lot can happen in a year, and Ramprakash says players have to be ready to step up at a moment’s notice.
“England may seem to have a settled squad,” he says, “but a lot can happen in a year and we may find that a couple of this squad are playing in the World Cup.
“The Lions have some really talented players who will go and play the way they can. People like Liam Livingston, Nick Gubbins and Tom Kohler-Cadmore are all stroke players and I’m really looking forward to watching them play.
“We would love to reproduce what England have done against Australia. It’s great watching the first team play in such a manner and I’m sure all the Lions players are being inspired by the England players at the moment.
“If England players can perform well and win this tournament then you’ll definitely put yourself in the shop window.”
The County Ground is well used to hosting international teams, with Pakistan having already visited this season and Friday seeing the West Indies A backing up against India A 24 hours after their match against the Lions.
“I’ve always enjoyed coming to Northampton over many, many years,” Ramprakash added.
“We’re looking forward to a good pitch with a bit of pace and carry, something that would produce entertaining cricket.
“This is a big opportunity because both teams we’re playing have lots of international capped players, India have lots of players who play quite regularly in the IPL.”
Thursday’s match starts at 11am and will have 50 overs per side. Tickets are available on the day, or in advance via www.northantscrickettickets.com
The same applies for Friday’s game between India A and West Indies A. Over 2,000 have already been booked in advance, and a vibrant atmosphere is expected!