Anya and Heather named in England squad
Western Storm’s Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole have been named in the England squad of 14 for the first two Royal London ODIs of the summer, against South Africa at Worcestershire and Hove respectively.
It will be the first time the two sides have met since last summer’s dramatic ICC Women’s World Cup semi-final at Bristol, while the opening game at Worcester will also be the first time England have played a 50-over game on home soil since they lifted the World Cup trophy at Lord’s.
Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor and Lauren Winfield all return after missing the tour to India.
The full squad is:
HEATHER KNIGHT (captain)
Amy Jones (wicketkeeper)
Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper)
The England and South Africa ODI series will be followed by an IT20 tri-series also involving New Zealand. The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton and The Brightside Ground, Bristol will host double-header match-days in this series.
South Africa will face New Zealand then England on June 20th in Taunton whilst England will then take on South Africa and New Zealand in Somerset’s County Town on June 23rd. For tickets please click here
New Zealand will then play South Africa and England on June 28th in Bristol. For tickets please click here
The CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford will host the Final between the two top-performing sides on July 1st.
The summer will also feature three ODIs between England and New Zealand at the beginning of July.
Coach Mark Robinson said: “It should be a really exciting summer against two of the best teams in the world.
“South Africa are an up and coming team with some really dangerous players. They pushed us close the last time we met them and we will have to be at our best to beat them.
“It’s obviously great to have Katherine and Sarah back, and Lauren and Laura’s recent form has earned them recalls.”
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