Ian Bell called up to England Lions squad to face West Indies

Ian Bell
Ian Bell called up to England Lions squad after Ben Stokes ruled out through injury

Ian Bell has been added to the England Lions squad to take on West Indies on 10 May after all-rounder Ben Stokes was ruled out of the four-day fixture.

Durham's Stokes had a scan on a back injury that prevented him from bowling and will now miss the Lions match.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "It is unfortunate that Ben's injury has ruled him out of the match.

"Ian Bell was keen to play another game ahead of the Test series [against West Indies and South Africa]."

He added: "After performing well for Warwickshire this week, this match provides an ideal opportunity for him to continue his preparations as well as helping to ensure England Lions prove challenging opposition for West Indies."

Bell's call-up comes after he brought to an end his near nine-month wait for a century this week.

The 30-year-old batsman made 120 to help Warwickshire secure a nine-wicket victory over Durham at Edgbaston.

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