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Maurice Chambers

Maurice Chambers has been forced to return home with a thigh injury, less than a week after Liam Plunkett suffered a similar fate

Maurice Chambers’ tour of the West Indies with England Lions has been ended by injury.

The Essex pace bowler, who has played just two matches in the Caribbean, will return home to receive treatment on a left thigh strain.

Nottinghamshire’s Andy Carter will join the squad for the remainder of their WICB regional championship challenge, after a winter spent on a strengthening and bowling programme in Loughborough and Chennai.

“This is a great opportunity for me because I was all set to go to Abu Dhabi with Notts, but England recognition at any level is what we’re all aiming for,” said Carter.

“I’ll approach these matches like I would any other and that means trying to bowl fast and to provide something different to a traditional English seamer.”

Chambers is the second member of the Lions pace attack to be struck down by injury in less than a week, and the fourth player they have lost on this trip.

Liam Plunkett had his tour ended on Tuesday by an identical problem to Chambers, Ravi Bopara having been required for England’s World Cup challenge after Steven Finn was retained in the senior one-day squad in Australia.

The Lions are currently involved in a four-day match against Guyana, after which they have two more group games before a possible semi-final and final.

Chambers will return home to continue his rehabilitation and is expected to be fit for the start of the domestic campaign.

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