Ian Bell's route back into the England team will include a rare outing for the Lions in Derby after impressing the selectors with his "passion and determination" to regain a Test place.
The 27-year-old Warwickshire batsman is the most high-profile name included in the Lions team to face West Indies at the Racecourse Ground next week in the tourists' final warm-up match before the start of the Test series at Lord's on May 6.
Bell is joined by fellow Warwickshire players Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes and wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose. Worcestershire's Stephen Moore is also included.
An established member of England's line-up for the past three years, Bell was dropped in the winter after the selectors lost patience with a dismal run of only one half-century in his last 12 innings, during which time he averaged only 19.45.
But with Warwickshire not having a first-class fixture next week, Bell has been included to face the visitors as he attempts to build on an impressive start to the season which has included centuries against Somerset in both the LV County Championship and Friends Provident Trophy.
"There's nothing to be read into his selection," stressed National Selector Geoff Miller. "He's a centrally-contracted player who did not play as much cricket as he would have liked during the winter and this game gives him another chance to press his claims."
By the time Bell meets up with his Lions team-mates next week in Derby, Miller will already have chosen the squad for the opening Test, while Owais Shah will have returned from Indian Premier League duty and former captain Michael Vaughan will have concluded the current championship match against Durham.
If they are selecting on form alone, the other candidates will struggle to keep pace with Bell, who has responded to being dropped from the Test, Twenty20 and one-day sides to consistently plunder runs at county level.
"When people are left out for whatever reason, as selectors we want them to show the passion and determination to regain their place and the only way they can do that is by going out and performing," said Miller.
"Ian has shown that passion and determination by going out and getting runs and shown how much he wants to regain his England place."
The Lions will again be led by Kent's Rob Key, who captained them last summer and during the winter tour to New Zealand and is being tipped as a candidate to lead England into the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in June.
England Lions team: Rob Key (Kent, capt), Tim Ambrose (Warwicks, wkt), Ian Bell (Warwicks), Sajid Mahmood (Lancs), Stephen Moore (Worcs), Samit Patel (Notts), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).