England name experienced squad

Published: Monday 6th July 2015 by The News Editor

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England have named a 14-strong one-day international squad for the start of a multi-format Ashes series being described as the ‘most eagerly anticipated in women’s cricket history’.

ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor has no doubt about the status of a series which will begin with three ODIs this month, before a one-off Test at Canterbury and then three Twenty20s in August.

Charlotte Edwards’ hosts will be bidding for a third successive Ashes victory, with a very experienced squad who have 807 ODI caps between them.

Connor said: “I don’t think it’s too dramatic a statement to say that the 2015 Women’s Ashes contest is possibly the most eagerly anticipated series in the history of international women’s cricket.

“The pace at which the women’s game is evolving at the moment is extraordinary.

“[This squad] is one of real strength and demonstrates the depth of talent currently running through the England women’s performance programme.”

There is a recall for all-rounder Georgia Elwiss in a squad also featuring evergreens Edwards, Lydia Greenway and Jenny Gunn – all of whom have more than 100 caps.

Connor added: I am delighted to see a return for Georgia Elwiss, who has been in superb form with both bat and ball for a while now and thoroughly deserves her opportunity.

“We wanted to pick a squad that has proven itself in former ashes series and made its way to World Cup finals.

“There is scope in there for some younger players to make a name for themselves – the likes of Lauren Winfield, Georgia Elwiss, Nat Sciver, Amy Jones and Kate Cross.”

Edwards will be playing in her eighth Ashes, but at 35 is in her first year as a professional.

She said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed having two days a week to spend with the team.

“That has been invaluable in terms of the preparation – we have trained incredibly hard over the last three months since we have got back from New Zealand, and I think we are more than ready.

“It is these girls’ jobs now – as the (England football) Lionesses have done, to capture the imagination.

“The players are so excited,with the feelgood factor around women’s sport at the moment we really want to emulate what the football team have done.”

England women’s squad for three Royal London one-day internationals, v Australia: C Edwards (Captain), K Brunt, K Cross, G Elwiss, L Greenway, R Grundy, J Gunn, A Jones, H Knight, L Marsh, N Sciver, A Shrubsole, S Taylor (wkt), L Winfield

Published: Monday 6th July 2015 by The News Editor

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