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    Darren Sammy rested for Lions clash

    This is West Indies\' final tour match before next week\'s first Test at Lord\'s.

    London: West Indies captain Darren Sammy was surprisingly left out of the side for Thursday's match against the England Lions, the tourists' final match before next week's first Test at Lord's.

    Sammy, who has not batted or bowled on tour yet thanks to the rain that reduced the Windies' opening three-day tour match to just 34 overs at Hove, has no injury. But a team spokesman said the allrounder would not be playing in this four-day fixture at Northampton, with West Indies led instead by vice-captain Kirk Edwards.

    West Indies are now at full-strength following the arrival of all-rounder Narsingh Deonarine, one of three squad members who encountered travel problems that delayed their journey to England. Fast bowler Fidel Edwards was fit after his back "niggle".

    However, heavy overnight rain delayed the start at Wantage Road.