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    Lions relishing one-day series

    England Lions switch their focus to one-day cricket with Joe Clarke and Craig Overton in particular looking impress.

    Joe Clarke and Craig Overton are relishing their chance to impress for England Lions when the one-day series against Sri Lanka A begins in Dambulla on Thursday.

    They were the only two members of the 15-man squad for the two four-day matches not to get a game in Kandy or Dambulla, but Lions head coach Andy Flower confirmed after a rain-abridged white-ball practice session on Wednesday that both will play in the 50-over opener.

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    Clarke will play as a specialist batsman at number four with Ben Foakes keeping wicket, and Overton will feature in a seam attack which is missing Tom Curran, after his call to join the senior England squad in the West Indies as cover for Jake Ball – but now has Toby Roland-Jones adding to the competition for places with James Fuller, Tom Helm and Sam Curran, after the Middlesex all-rounder was called into the one-day squad.

    Keaton Jennings will continue as captain and is set to open with Ben Duckett, who is one of five new arrivals for the one-day section of the tour with his Northamptonshire club-mate Graeme White, Fuller, the Warwickshire leg-spinner Josh Poysden and Kent opener Daniel Bell-Drummond.

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    The five-match series continues in Dambulla on Saturday with the third game in Kurunegala next Monday before the last two matches in Colombo – although they will not now be played at the Premadasa Stadium, with the alternative venue still to be confirmed.

    Lions one-day squad:

    K Jennings (Durham, captain)

    B Duckett (Northants)

    D Bell-Drummond (Kent)

    T Alsop (Hampshire)

    J Clarke (Worcestershire)

    L Livingstone (Lancashire)

    B Foakes (Surrey)

    S Curran (Surrey)

    T Roland-Jones (Middlesex)

    C Overton (Somerset)

    T Helm (Middlesex)

    J Fuller (Middlesex)

    O Rayner (Middlesex)

    J Poysden (Warwickshire)

    G White (Northants).

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