General News | 15th June 2007

Jefferson named in Lions squad

Will Jefferson has another chance to put his name in the frame for an England tour place this winter after being named in the England Lions squad to play the West Indies in a one-day warm-up match next week.

The 27-year-old impressed England coach Peter Moores as part of the A squad to tour Bangladesh in the New Year.

And after recovering from a hamstring injury that delayed his Notts debut until Wednesday's victory over Lancashire Lightning in the Friends Provident Trophy, he's now been named in a 12-man squad for the match at Worcester on Thursday.

Said Jefferson: "I'm delighted to have been named in the squad and can't wait to meet up with the guys who went to Bangladesh in the winter.

"It's a nice turnaround for me after a hard couple of months with the hamstring injury. I suppose that I might well have missed out if I hadn't played on Wednesday and got some runs.

"What Peter Moores has shown since he took over as England coach is that it's an open shop in terms of selection and he's not afraid to bring in new faces.

"I know I need to be playing and scoring runs to stay in the system. My goal going into the season was to try and earn another place with the Academy in the winter and if I can make a decent score next week, there could be some exciting opportunities ahead."

England Chairman of Selectors David Graveney said: "It's a great opportunity for the next-best to show what they can do.

"The selectors will be closely monitoring performances by the England Lions next week and it will provide a further opportunity for players on the fringe of the international side to press their case for selection in our one-day squad for the NatWest Series."

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