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Arran Brindle

Arran Brindle makes her return to the England women's set-up for the first time in five years for the NatWest women's quadrangular series

England women’s selectors today named a 14-player squad for the 2011 NatWest women’s quadrangular series.

Charlotte Edwards will captain England in both the NatWest women’s Twenty20 and ODI quadrangular series as England take on Australia, New Zealand and India this summer.

A full-strength England squad sees the return of Sussex wicketkeeper-batsman Sarah Taylor and Lancashire’s Arran Brindle, following her five years away from the international game.

Both Taylor and Brindle impressed selectors with their performances in Pune on a recent training camp with the England women’s academy, and during the 2011 Super 4s competition.

ECB head of women’s cricket Clare Connor said: "The selectors have picked a strong squad for the quadrangular series.

"Fast bowler Anya Shrubsole comes back into the squad after a period of conditioning work whilst Arran Brindle returns to international cricket after a substantial period of playing ECB men's premier league cricket.

"With Sarah Taylor re-energised after a break in the winter, and Claire Taylor back to full fitness, the top order promises to excite.”

On her return to international cricket, Brindle said: "It’s been fantastic to have been involved with the England academy programme over the winter and to make the step back up to the full squad so quickly is a dream come true.

"I’ve been playing a high standard of cricket in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League whilst I have been away from the international game. However, nothing can replace the feeling of pulling on an England shirt and crossing the line for your country, so I look forward to the next challenge of getting into the starting XI."

The NatWest quadrangular series will see the world’s best four teams play each other in ODI ranking matches and a Twenty20 competition. Each competition will culminate in a final and third and fourth play-off match.

All England’s Twenty20 matches along with the Twenty20 final will be televised live on Sky Sports. A highlight of the Twenty20 series will be when England women play Australia before England men take on Sri Lanka on June 25 at the County Ground, Gloucestershire.

England women’s squad 2011

Charlotte Edwards (captain, Kent)
Jenny Gunn (vice-captain, Yorkshire)
Arran Brindle (Lancashire)
Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
Holly Colvin (Sussex)
Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)
Heather Knight (Berkshire)
Lydia Greenway (Kent)
Laura Marsh (Kent)
Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
Claire Taylor (Berkshire)
Sarah Taylor (Sussex)
Fran Wilson (Somerset)
Danielle Wyatt (Staffordshire)

Schedule

NatWest women’s quadrangular T20

Thursday 23 June

England women v New Zealand women, the Ford County Ground, Essex, 15.10
Australia women v India women, Billericay Cricket Club, Essex, 10.45

Saturday 25 June

England women v Australia women, the County Ground, Gloucestershire, 10.15
New Zealand women v India women, Clifton College, Bristol, 10.45

Sunday 26 June

England women v India women, County Ground, Somerset, 11.10
New Zealand women v Australia women, Taunton Vale, Somerset, 11.00

Monday 27 June

Final, the Rose Bowl, Hampshire, 15.10
3rd/4th play-off, the Army Cricket Ground, Hampshire, 10.45

NatWest women’s quadrangular series 2011

Thursday 30 June

England women v India women, County Ground, Derbyshire, 14.30
Australia women v New Zealand, Chesterfield CC, Derbyshire, 10.45

Saturday 2 July

England women v New Zealand women, County Ground, Derbyshire, 10.45
India women v Australia women, Chesterfield CC, Derbyshire, 10.45

Tuesday 5 July

New Zealand women v India women, Southgate CC, London, 10.45
England women v Australia women, Lord's, 10.45

Thursday 7 July

England women v 3rd/4th play-off or final, Wormsley CC, Buckinghamshire, 10.45
3rd/4th play-off or final, Aston Rowant CC, Buckinghamshire, 10.45