DARWEN'S Alex Davies is one of six Lancashire players selected in the England Lions squad for a tour of the West Indies early next year.

Red Rose wicket-keeper Davies has been selected in the squad for the three four-day matches against West Indies A as well as the three one-day matches that follow against the same opponents.

Lancashire's new signing Keaton Jennings is also included in the squad for both legs of the tour and he will captain the Lions throughout.

Liam Livingstone and Saqib Mahmood are also included for both parts of the tour, while Haseeb Hameed is in the squad for the four-day matches only and leg spinner Matty Parkinson for the one-day matches only.

James Whitaker, the National Selector, said: “We have selected a total of 22 players for these two series in the West Indies, to ensure we gain the most value in terms of assessing players in both first-class and one-day cricket.

“Haseeb Hameed, Jamie Porter and Toby Roland-Jones are all available again after injuries - Jamie and Toby after working exceptionally hard on the ECB’s Pace Programme over the last couple of months.

“Sam Curran missed out on the Lions training camp in Australia but he has also been training hard, under the supervision of Surrey’s strength and conditioning coaches, before going out to play T20 cricket in New Zealand.

“We have included two members of the Ashes tour squad, Ben Foakes and Mason Crane, for the four-day matches, with the possibility of either or both of them leaving the Lions tour early if they are selected in the England squad for the two Tests in New Zealand in March and April.

“We will be naming that squad in the New Year, and the same goes for the squads for the North-South Series which will be played in Barbados at the end of the Lions tour – and is likely to include the players who have been selected for the one-day series against West Indies A."