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Edwards to represent MCC in Champion County match

Fidel celebrating his 6/92 figures at Lord's in 2009
Fidel celebrating his 6/92 figures at Lord's in 2009

Former West Indian fast bowler Fidel Edwards will represent MCC in the 2018 Champion County Match against Essex, which takes place in Barbados in March.

The day/night first-class fixture is to be played in the Caribbean this year for the first time. The match against the 2017 County Champions will take place under the floodlights across four days in Bridgetown  and will be played with pink Duke balls.

Edwards, who has taken 241 international wickets across all three formats for West Indies, hails from Barbados and will be leading the MCC attack.

The 35 year-old paceman has most recently been playing for Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship.  He took his 350th first-class wicket in the final game of the 2017 season, against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, as his seven wickets in the match helped his side avoid relegation on the final day of the campaign.

Edwards made his Test debut for the West Indies in 2003 and went on to take 165 wickets in 55 matches, with his best of 7 for 87 coming against New Zealand in Napier in 2008. He also played 50 One-Day Internationals for his country, taking 60 wickets, and was part of the squad that won the ICC World T20 in 2012, defeating Sri Lanka in the final in Colombo.

The fast bowler is also on the Lord's Honours Boards having taken six wickets for 92 runs for West Indies in their 2009 tour of England.

The Champion County Match, the traditional curtain-raiser for the English cricket season, has been played in Abu Dhabi since 2010, but this season has been switched to Barbados in collaboration with the ECB.  The match will follow the North-South series.

The full squad for MCC will be confirmed in due course. 

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