Katherine Brunt’s Test retirement and Anya Shrubsole’s from all forms of International cricket has left spots open in the bowling department of England’s side. Both the aforementioned players have contributed largely to England and their presence will be missed, but it is no less than any opportunity for the emerging young talent as well.
On Monday, England Cricket Board announced 14 member squad including one travelling reserve for the upcoming Test match against South Africa that starts 27th June 2022.
Heather Knight, Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver, Issy Wong
The recently announced English Test squad includes five players set to make their debut against South Africa if selected at Taunton in the coming week.
Two uncapped players have also found their names in the squad, Emily Arlott and Lauren Bell. The other three capped players set to make their red-ball debut are Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies and Emma Lamb. Brunt and Shrubsole had opened the bowling attack in the Ashes test draw earlier this year and their places have to be filled after a lot of consideration because of the importance of their role. Emma Lamb may open the attack alongside Tammy Beaumont.
Lisa Keighley, England’s head coach said, “There are a number of new faces in the squad which brings a real level of energy and enthusiasm” also adding “We’re at the beginning of a new ICC Women’s Championship cycle, which starts for us with the India ODIs, and it’s natural that we’re looking forward with one eye on who may be a key player for us come 2025”.
There are certain players that feature in the England A squad but are not a part of the full squad like Georgia Elwiss, Danni Wyatt, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers and Lauren Winfield-Hill.
“We have to balance having the appropriate back-up for the senior squad while also giving playing opportunities,” said Keightley. “We need our players to play as much cricket as possible, which is why we have a deliberately small Test squad while the England Women’s A team are in action against South Africa”
“It really is a massive summer, with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, and we can’t wait to get started with the red ball in Taunton.” Added Lisa.
England Women’s A squad:
Georgia Elwiss, Maia Bouchier, Danni Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Freya Kemp, Eve Jones, Ella McCaughan, Kalea Moore, Tara Norris, Grace Potts, Grace Scrivens, Alexa Stonehouse, Mady Villiers, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt
England and South Africa are all set to lock horns on 27th June in the only test at Taunton.
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