Taylor named in Academy party
Sarah Taylor has been selected for the England women’s Academy high performance training camp in Pune, India, in April.
After a winter break away from cricket the England and Sussex wicketkeeper-batsman will embrace the 10-day opportunity with the Academy ahead of the county season.
Taylor said: “I’m really excited about picking up my bat again and feel refreshed and ready to get back into my cricket. This tour will be a great opportunity for me to settle back into the England set-up and hopefully set me up for a good season with Sussex.”
Former Ashes winner Arran Brindle has also been selected for the camp after stepping down from international cricket at the end of the 2005 season to start a family.
Brindle said: "I am delighted to have been selected to train with the England women's Academy in Pune during April.
“I have now had four years away from international cricket, during which time I have started a family and have captained Louth 1st XI in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier League.
“Whilst I have loved playing a high standard of men's cricket, I feel that I want to challenge for a place back in the England women's squad."
Jack Birkenshaw, the former England women and Leicestershire coach, will travel with the squad to share his expertise and wealth of experience of spin in the sub-continent.
Paul Shaw, England women’s high performance manager, said: "The camp aims to further develop current and potential future England players by giving them the opportunity to experience conditions in the sub-continent ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in 2012 and the ICC Women's World Cup in India in 2013.
"The players will gain further valuable experience of training and playing in a performance environment whilst on the camp.
"This will be the second year we have taken a group of Academy players to India and I feel it is massively beneficial in their development towards being an England cricketer, or in some cases, their ongoing development as England players already.
“We’re fortunate to be taking Jack with us and I’m sure the players will benefit from his wealth of experience in the game.”
Recent Ashes tourists Susie Rowe, Danielle Wyatt and Fran Wilson have also been selected for the squad.
The squad will be based in Pune from 4-14 April 2011.
England Academy squad
Tamsin Beaumont (Kent)
Arran Brindle (Lancashire)
Deanna Cooper (Kent)
Kate Cross (Lancashire)
Jodie Dibble (Devon)
Beth Langston (Essex)
Beth MacGregor (Essex)
Alice MacLeod (Berkshire)
Raveena Lakhtaria (Middlesex)
Susie Rowe (Kent)
Helen Shipman (Warwickshire)
Sarah Taylor (Sussex)
Fran Wilson (Somerset)
Danni Wyatt (Staffordshire)