The Defending Champions have a highly experienced squad for the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup. 7 players out of the 15 members squad were a part of the 2017 winning moment at Lords – Captain Heather Knight, Openers Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield-Hill, all-rounders Nat Sciver, Danni Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, and bowler Anya Shrubsole. The experience of these star players would definitely give the remaining 8 as well as the two reserves confidence as they play their first ODI World Cup.
Those who would be making their ODI World Cup debut for England are-:
1. Freya Davies:
Pace bowler Freya Davies made her ODI debut in December 2019 against Pakistan and since then has played 6 ODIs taking 6 wickets at 35.66 with the best spell of 2/46. She was included in the playing XI for the 3rd ODI of the Women’s Ashes last Tuesday and took the big wicket of wicket-keeper opener Alyssa Healy.
2. Charlie Dean:
The young all-rounder is one of the most promising players g the English side. In the 7 ODIs she has played since her debut in September last year, the 21-year-old has taken 10 wickets and aggregated 37 runs with the bat. Her performance with the ball includes the outstanding figure of 4/36 that came against New Zealand in just her 2nd ODI.
3. Sophia Dunkley:
The 23 years old has been playing the T20Is for the English side since 2018 but her ODI debut came last year in June on the team’s tour to India. With the highest score of an unbeaten 73 in the format, Dunkley has played 10 ODIs accumulating 163 runs at 23.28.
4. Kate Cross:
Kate Cross is one of the most experienced players in England, being a part of the squad since 2013 and having played 37 ODIs to date but hasn’t played in an ODI World Cup yet. Her ODI career consists of 55 wickets at 21.65 with the best spell of 5/24 and 90 runs as a lower-order batter which includes some crucial contributions to the team.
5. Sophie Ecclestone:
The world’s best T20I bowler, Sophie Ecclestone is another experienced player in England’s squad. She decided to opt-out of the 2017 World Cup due to school examinations and so would be making her debut ODI world cup appearance this year. Just 22 years old but she has already played 38 ODIs recording 55 wickets at 23.14 with the best spell of 4/14 and has a total of 142 runs with the bat.
6. Tash Farrant:
Though being a regular name in England’s squad, the 2013 ODI debutant has played just 6 matches till now in which she has taken 5 wickets and accumulated 42 runs. She came to light after a hat-trick she took for Southern Vipers against Lancashire Thunder in the 2018 edition of Women’s Cricket Super League.
7. Amy Jones:
With 1234 runs in 58 ODIs that include 9 half-centuries with 4 of them coming in consecutive matches in 2019, Amy Jones contribution to England has been applaudable. Though just like a few of her teammates, the 9 years long ODI career hasn’t seen an ODI World Cup opportunity for the wicket-keeper batter and so, she would be looking forward to getting most of the special opportunity this year.
8. Emma Lamb:
Made her ODI debut in the 3rd Ashes ODI last Tuesday and Emma Lamb has already found herself a place in the 2022 World Cup squad. Not much international cricket experience for the 24-year-old but an impressive performance in domestic cricket is what has made her grab the prestigious opportunity. Last year, she became the 1st batter to score a century (111* off 61) in the Charlotte Edwards Cup followed by an outstanding performance for North West Thunder in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
9. Lauren Bell (Traveling Reserve):
Chosen as a traveling reserve, Lauren Bell was a part of England A’s squad that traveled with the Women’s Ashes main squad to Australia last month. In the warm-up matches against them ahead of the big competition, Bell recorded a spell of 3 for 35 getting the wickets of some key players for the team. Later during the T20I against Australia A, she recorded yet another 3-wicket spell giving away 17 runs.
10. Mady Villers (Traveling Reserve):
Mady Villers who is chosen as a traveling reserve alongside Bell hasn’t played an ODI yet but has represented England in 17 T20Is taking 14 wickets in total at 17.28 with the best spell of 3/10. The 23 years old was a part of the winning team of the inaugural edition of The Hundred, Oval Invincibles.
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