Brunt and Colvin back for England women

Selectors today named a 15-player squad to face India in the NatWest Women’s Series, which commences on June 26 at Canterbury.

Katherine Brunt and Holly Colvin return to the successful England women’s squad that has gone unbeaten throughout winter tours of South Africa and New Zealand.

Yorkshire seamer Brunt was rested for the New Zealand tour and Sussex left-arm spinner Colvin was unavailable for selection over the winter, the latter due to university commitments.

Katherine Brunt

Yorkshire fast bowler Katherine Brunt returns to England women's squad to face India after being rested for the tour of New Zealand

Two NatWest International T20 matches will be played at Canterbury and Chelmsford on June 26 and 28 ahead of Friends Life t20 fixtures, with all games televised live on Sky Sports.

The five-match NatWest Women’s ODI Series will commence at Lord’s on July 1, followed by back-to-back games at Taunton on July 4 and 5. The fourth match will be hosted by Truro Cricket Club as part of the Cornish Cricket Festival with the series culminating at Wormsley on July 11.

Ahead of the NatWest Series against India, England will take on the England Women’s Academy, followed by one NatWest International T20 against Ireland at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, on June 22 and 23 respectively.

Head of England women’s cricket Clare Connor said: “In the next five months England women will play a total of 15 NatWest International matches before joining the England men’s team in Sri Lanka for the ICC World Twenty20.

“This is an unprecedented period of international women’s cricket and the players have all worked phenomenally hard over the winter, at home and abroad, to earn their selection as competition for places continues to grow.

“Katherine Brunt and Holly Colvin were both part of the triumphant squad that won the NatWest Women’s Quadrangular Series last year, and their return will add exciting options to a squad that is developing in depth with every series that comes around.”

England women’s squad for NatWest Series against India

Charlotte Edwards (Kent, captain)
Tamsin Beaumont (Kent)
Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
Arran Brindle (Sussex)
Holly Colvin (Sussex)
Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
Lydia Greenway (Kent)
Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire)
Danni Hazell (Yorkshire)
Heather Knight (Berkshire)
Laura Marsh (Kent)
Susie Rowe (Kent)
Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
Sarah Taylor (Sussex)
Danni Wyatt (Staffordshire)