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Women's Academy squad announced

A 14-strong England Women’s Academy (EWA) squad will head to Colombo at the end of this month to contest four T20s and two fifty-over fixtures against Sri Lanka Women.

Tammy Beaumont will captain the England Women's Academy, which will tour Sri Lanka later this monthThe tour, from 29 January to 12 February, forms part of England Women’s ongoing preparations ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 competition in Bangladesh later this year.

Kent’s Tammy Beaumont will lead an experienced EWA touring party, which includes two players, in addition to Beaumont, with full international playing experience.

Twenty-one year old seam bowler Beth Langston (Essex) will be hoping to impress the England selectors ahead of the World Twenty20, after making her T20 international debut during England's tour to the West Indies before Christmas.

Top-order batter Fran Wilson (Somerset) will be aiming to emulate the type of form which saw her make her ODI and Twenty20 international debuts against Sri Lanka back in 2010.

In addition to the three players targeting a recall to the England Women’s side, the EWA squad includes a mix of exciting young prospects looking to make a positive impression. All have earned their spots on the plane to Sri Lanka following strong performances in domestic competitions last summer.

Commenting about the composition of the squad and the purpose of the tour, Head of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor said: “The tour to Sri Lanka presents an exciting opportunity for this group of players to gain some valuable experience of playing in sub-continent conditions, and represents a strategic part of our preparation for the 2014 ICC World T20 competition in Sylhet.

“As we saw at the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in 2013, the Sri Lanka Women’s side is improving all the time and they will provide challenging opposition in the six scheduled fixtures. We have therefore selected a strong squad for this tour, mixing the likes of 2013 Women’s Ashes winner Tammy Beaumont, who will captain the side, with young up and coming talents such as Stephanie Butler from Staffordshire and Sussex’s Freya Davies.”

The players will be supported by Academy Head Coach Lisa Keightley, Assistant Coach Jonathan Finch, Team Manager Ella Donnison, and physio Phil Tranter.

Squad:

Tammy Beaumont (capt)

Kent

Stephanie Butler

Staffordshire

Amara Carr

Devon

Freya Davies

Sussex

Jodie Dibble

Devon

Georgia Hennessy

Warwickshire

Beth Langston

Essex

Sophie Luff

Somerset

Alex McDonald

Gloucestershire

Sonia Odedra

Nottinghamshire

Carla Rudd (wkt)

Berkshire

Helen Shipman

Warwickshire

Jess Watson

Yorkshire

Fran Wilson

Somerset

Schedule

3 February

1st 20

Sri Lanka Women

Nondescripts Cricket Club

5 February

2th T20

Sri Lanka Women

Nondescripts Cricket Club

7 February

3th T20

Sri Lanka Women

Premadasa Stadium

7 February (am)

4th T20

Sri Lanka Women

Premadasa Stadium

9 February (pm)

50 overs

Sri Lanka Women

Premadasa Stadium

11 February

50 overs

Sri Lanka Women

Burgher Recreation Ground

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