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Darren Stevens proud over England Lions call-up

Darren Stevens
Stevens joined Kent at the end of 2004

Kent's Darren Stevens has said he is delighted to have been called up to the England Lions squad.

The 34 year-old will play in the triangular one-day series with the West Indies' and India's A-teams.

Stevens told BBC Radio Kent: "I've had calls and texts from so many people. My friends have told me how pleased they are for me, I'm chuffed to bits."

The all-rounder has scored 730 runs this year in the Championship and was last season's MVP in the Twenty20 Cup.

"When I started in the game at Leicester in 1996 I was 21. I didn't really know where I was, I just felt fortunate to play the game and get paid," said Stevens.

"I didn't really start figuring out my game and what it was all about until I joined Kent when I was 27."

Stevens has played at four Twenty20 Finals Days, winning the competition once with the Leicestershire Foxes and once with the Kent Spitfires.

"I don't know why it's taken so long to be recognised by England, but the experience and knowledge of those big occasions has probably helped me get there."

Kent captain Rob Key said the call-up was well deserved.

Some are pretty cynical at his age, but Darren's probably 34 going on 18

Rob Key on Darren Stevens

"It could have been a bit more than the Lions to be honest," Key said. "Hopefully he'll have a good series, and if he does what he's capable of, there won't be too many ahead of him.

"He's been a very good one-day player for a while, but this year in the Championship he's been fantastic.

"He's coming of age at 34, there are some who can't move and are pretty cynical at that age, but he's probably 34 going on 18."

The triangular series runs from June 28 to July 8.

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