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Anya, Heather and Fran selected in England squad

Three of Western Storm’s 2017 KIA Super League winning side have been selected in the England Women’s squad for the tour of India which takes place later this month.

Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson have been picked in the squad that also includes Bryony Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards and Katie George who have been called up for the first time. There are also returns for Kate Cross, Tash Farrant and Amy Jones.

However, the sixteen-strong group doesn’t feature Sarah Taylor or Katherine Brunt, with Brunt unavailable after injuring her back during the Women’s Big Bash League and Taylor rested.

The tour will feature a triangular IT20 tournament with India and Australia plus three ODI’s against India.

Coach Mark Robinson is looking forward to testing new players and adding new options to his squad ahead of a year that sees England play host to New Zealand and South Africa and take part in the ICC World T20.

“We’ve said for a long time that we need to play more games and it’s exciting that we’ve been able to arrange this very competitive series outside of the ICC Women’s Championship,” he said. “It gives us a chance to see other players and measure their progress and that also means we can rest and rotate. In Sarah’s case, she’s been doing really well and we always targeted this period as one where she can focus on her wellbeing in preparation for what will be a busy summer leading into the ICC World T20.

“It’s hugely exciting to have three new faces in the group – and to welcome back a few others – obviously that means a few have missed out but they can use the time to their advantage and come back more strongly.”

The full squad is:

Heather Knight (Captain)

Tammy Beaumont

Kate Cross

Alice Davidson-Richards

Sophie Ecclestone

Tash Farrant

Katie George

Jenny Gunn

Alex Hartley

Danielle Hazell

Amy Jones (Wicketkeeper)

Anya Shrubsole 

Bryony Smith

Nat Sciver

Fran Wilson

Danni Wyatt

The tour itinerary is:

March 22 1st IT20: India v Australia Mumbai 9am local, 3.30am GMT
March 23 2nd IT20: Australia v England Mumbai 9am (3.30am GMT)
March 25 3rd IT20: India v England Mumbai 9am (3.30am GMT)
March 26 4th IT20: India v Australia Mumbai 9am (3.30am GMT)
March 28 5th IT20: Australia v England Mumbai 9am (3.30am GMT)
March 29 6th IT20: India v England Mumbai 9am (3.30am GMT)
March 31 Final Mumbai 9am (3.30am GMT)
April 6 1st ODI: India v England Nagpur 10am local, 4.30am GMT
April 9 2nd ODI: India v England Nagpur 10am (4.30am GMT)
April 12 3rd ODI: India v England Nagpur 10am (4.30am GMT)

England in action at Taunton this Summer

Don’t forget that you can see ICC Women’s World Cup winners England in action at the Cooper Associates County Ground this summer.

Taunton will host two double-header match-days with South Africa v New Zealand followed by England v South Africa on June 20th whilst England will take on South Africa and New Zealand on June 23rd.

To buy tickets for England v South Africa and South Africa v New Zealand at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Wednesday June 20th please click here

To buy tickets for England v New Zealand and England v South Africa at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Saturday June 23rd please click here

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