England women tour squad named
The England women’s selectors have today named a 15-strong squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in November.
England will play two one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international series in Colombo from November 14-22.
Essex left-arm pace bowler Beth MacGregor has been called into the squad, along with wicketkeeper Lauren Griffiths (Cheshire), Fran Wilson (Somerset) and Susie Rowe (Kent) from the England women’s Academy.
Katherine Brunt and Holly Colvin will remain in England to complete a strength and conditioning programme and to focus on university studies respectively, to ensure they are both available for the Ashes tour to Australia in January.
Sarah Taylor has opted to take some time off from international cricket.
Clare Connor, head of women’s cricket, said: “The selectors have named a dynamic England women's squad for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
“Without three influential players, opportunities are being given to Academy graduates Fran Wilson, Susie Rowe and Lauren Griffiths.
“All three players have had excellent seasons for their counties. They also impressed for the Academy in India earlier this year and against New Zealand in July.
“It is essential that we always have a keen eye on player succession planning. Blooding some of our Academy talent on the full international stage in Sri Lanka will show exactly where we are in terms of the journey towards the World Cup in 2013.”
England women's squad
Charlotte Edwards (captain, Kent)
Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire)
Lydia Greenway (Kent)
Lauren Griffiths (Cheshire)
Isa Guha (Berkshire)
Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)
Heather Knight (Berkshire)
Beth MacGregor (Essex)
Laura Marsh (Sussex)
Beth Morgan (Middlesex)
Susie Rowe (Kent)
Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
Claire Taylor (Berkshire)
Fran Wilson (Somerset)
Danielle Wyatt (Staffordshire)
Nov 14: 1st ODI, P Sara Oval, Colombo, 9.30am
Nov 16: 2nd ODI, P Sara Oval, Colombo, 9.30am
Nov 19: 1st T20, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Colombo, 10am
Nov 21: 2nd T20, NCC, Colombo, 10am
Nov 22: 3rd T20, NCC, Colombo, 10am