Norwell out of North-South series as Strauss says 'stakes are high' for players involved

The seamer, who was due to feature for the South in the three-match campaign in Barbados, sustained the problem while training with his county back in the UK


Liam Norwell is out of the North-South series

Gloucestershire's Liam Norwell has been ruled out of the ECB's North-South series by a hamstring injury.

The seamer, who was due to feature for the South in the three-match campaign in Barbados, sustained the problem while training with his county back in the UK.

He has been replaced in the squad by Middlesex spinner Ravi Patel.

Norwell's absence is the second late change to the two squads. Nottinghamshire's Paul Coughlin, who dislocated a shoulder while on England Lions duty, has been replaced in the North squad by Matt Critchley of Derbyshire.

With Norwell unavailable for the subsequent MCC Champion County squad to face Essex, Richard Gleeson of Northamptonshire has been summoned to take his place.

Meanwhile, ECB director of England cricket Andrew Strauss has said that "the stakes will be high" for those players given a chance to shine in front of members of England's coaching staff in the Caribbean.


Andrew Strauss says "the stakes are high" for the players involved

Paul Collingwood and Mark Ramprakash, both of whom hold positions on Trevor Bayliss's staff with the senior England, team will take charge of the North and South respectively.

Strauss said: “We introduced the North-South Series last year as part of a concerted attempt to emphasise the importance of 50-over cricket in the countdown to staging the 2019 ICC World Cup.

“The series was successful in a number of ways, allowing players to press their World Cup claims in front of the England selectors and management – and also re-enforcing the importance of the Royal London One-Day Cup through the link with the PCA’s MVP rankings.

“This year’s series was always going to be a little different given the schedule of the England team which means Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace are both in New Zealand.

North: S Mullaney (Notts, captain), K Jennings (Lancashire), S Hain (Warwickshire), A Hose (Warwickshire), J Clarke (Worcestershire), A Davies (Lancashire, wk), M Critchley (Derbyshire), B D’Oliveira (Worcestershire), M Fisher (Yorkshire), S Mahmood (Lancashire), R Gleeson (Northamptonshire), M Parkinson (Lancashire), Z Chappell (Leicestershire)
South: S Northeast (Hampshire, captain), D Bell-Drummond (Kent), N Gubbins (Middlesex), L Evans (Sussex), O Pope (Surrey), J Simpson (Middlesex, wk), S Curran (Surrey), D Rawlins (Sussex), D Bess (Somerset), R Patel (Middlesex), P Walter (Essex), J Porter (Essex), T Barber (Middlesex)

“But the appointment of two members of the England coaching staff in Mark Ramprakash and Paul Collingwood to take charge of the teams underlines that the stakes will again be high for the players selected.


“The selectors have also made a deliberate decision to include some younger players who have impressed on our International Pathway, whether recent graduates of the Young Lions, or from the Pace Programme and Overseas Placements – looking beyond the 2019 World Cup towards 2023.”

The first two games of the series are due to take place at the Kensington Oval on March 18 and March 21, with the final match of the series scheduled to take pace at the Three Ws Oval on March 23.




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