Women's academy squad announced

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England women's academy

The England women's academy players have been preparing for the trip to Potchefstroom at the National Cricket Performance Centre

Selectors today named the England women's academy squad to travel to Potchefstroom in April for their first international tour, playing three Twenty20 matches and three 50-over matches against South Africa women.

The academy will embark on this tour with high hopes after their success against full international opposition last summer. The squad will be looking to build on the wins they recorded against Australia and New Zealand during the warm-up matches ahead of the NatWest Women’s Quadrangular Series held in England.

ECB head of England women’s cricket Clare Connor said: “We are really looking forward to seeing how our academy side compete against the full South African team.

“Preparations for the tour have gone well at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, where the players have been coached and mentored by our lead specialist coaches - assistant coach to the academy Jonathan Finch and head coach Lisa Keightley.

“This tour represents a significant first in the women’s game, where essentially an A side has the opportunity to play a series of matches against full international opposition. As such, our players will experience the pressure of international cricket and will be able to gauge where they need to improve to enhance their chances of breaking in to the full England women’s squad.”

The England women’s academy will be based in Potchefstroom from April 6 to 23.

England women’s academy squad, South Africa 2012

Caroline Atkins (Sussex, captain)
Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
Deanna Cooper (Kent)
Kate Cross (Lancashire)
Catherine Dalton (Middlesex)
Jodie Dibble (Devon)
Amy Jones (Warwickshire)
Beth MacGregor (Essex)
Alice Macleod (Berkshire)
Natasha Miles (Middlesex)
Natalie Sciver (Surrey)
Helen Shipman (Warwickshire)
Fran Wilson (Somerset)
Danni Wyatt (Staffordshire)

Match schedule, England women’s academy v South Africa women

All matches will be played at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
Tues 10 April: warm-up match
Fri 13 April: 1st 50-over
Sun 15 April: 2nd 50-over
Tue 17 April: 3rd 50-over
Fri 20 April: 1st T20
Sat 21 April: 2nd T20
Sun 23 April: 3rd T20