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England cricket hopefuls Barbados-bound

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Forget net sessions in cold indoor schools in or -- some of England's most promising cricketers will instead prepare for the upcoming English season with a series of matches in starting later this week.

This will be the second edition of a one-day series that pits teams from northern and southern counties against each other, following the South's 3-0 series sweep in and last year.

The aim is to develop England's white-ball depth ahead of the country staging next year's 50-over

But long-format county players will also be on show in with the first-class match between MCC and the champion county, once a staple of the Lord's fixture list, moving from its recent home in the UAE to the Kensington Oval.

As a result, Essex, the 2017 county champions, will also be heading to the

"We introduced the last year as part of a concerted attempt to emphasise the importance of 50-over in the countdown to staging the 2019 ICC World Cup," said England and Wales Board director of England in a statement issued today.

"The series was successful in a number of ways, allowing players to press their claims in front of the England selectors and management."

Two former England internationals in (North) and (South), will the teams while England's and his deputy, Paul Farbrace, are on tour in with the senior England squad.

"This year's series was always going to be a little different given the schedule of the England team which means and are both in New Zealand," said Strauss, himself a former England

"But the appointment of two members of the England coaching staff in and to take charge of the teams underlines that the stakes will again be high for the players selected," added Strauss, who on Monday announced a shake-up that will see leave his role as England's selector next month.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 21:40 IST