World beaters ready for Australia

After adding the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 title to the the ICC Women's World Cup, England retain the squad which lifted the trophy at Lord's in for the summer series against old rivals Australia.

The series kicks off with the NatWest Women’s International Twenty20 at Derby on June 25 as a curtain-raiser to Derbyshire Phantoms’ Twenty20 game against Lancashire Lightning. The match will be televised live on Sky Sports.

Five NatWest Women’s one-day internationals follow against the same opposition at venues across the country including Chelmsford, Stratford CC, Lord’s and Wormsley CC - with the two matches at Chelmsford both televised live on Sky Sports.

The four-day npower Women’s Ashes Test match, which will be played at New Road, Worcester from July 10, concludes the international summer for England women.

ECB head of women’s cricket Clare Connor said: "In winning the ICC Women's World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 in the space of three months, this England team have shown that they are a world-class side, so the squad to face Australia in June/July is unsurprisingly largely unchanged.

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England have retained the squad that won the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday for their series against Australia

"Anya Shrubsole continues to undergo rehab for her back injury so Danielle Hazell retains her place in the squad.

"We look forward to a highly competitive series between England and Australia with the first three matches live on Sky on 25th, 29th and 30th June.

"We are thrilled that Sky's coverage of the ICC World Twenty20 has put the women's game firmly in the national sporting consciousness and the opportunities that lie ahead for women's cricket in this country are immense.

"We are determined to maximise those opportunities both in terms of increasing participation for our sport and in terms of raising the profile of our world class England team."

Coach Mark Lane added: "The experience of winning a World Cup and the inaugural World Twenty20 has been sensational. What would top it off would be retaining the coveted Ashes.

"Australia has always been a fierce rival and this was proved in the recent semi-final of the Twenty20 where the two teams fought tooth and nail in a high-scoring, entertaining game of cricket. We are expecting an intense summer of cricket."

The England Women's squad is as follows:

  • Charlotte Edwards (captain)
  • Caroline Atkins
  • Katherine Brunt
  • Holly Colvin
  • Lydia Greenway
  • Isa Guha
  • Jenny Gunn
  • Danielle Hazell
  • Laura Marsh
  • Beth Morgan
  • Ebony Rainford-Brent
  • Nicola Shaw
  • Claire Taylor
  • Sarah Taylor

The fixture schedule is as follows:

NatWest Women's International Twenty20

Match

Date

Venue

England v Australia*

2.55pm, June 25

Derbyshire CCC Live on Sky Sports

NatWest Women's Series

Match

Date

Venue

England v Australia*

10.45am, June 29

Essex CCC Live on Sky Sports

England v Australia*

2.40pm, June 30

Essex CCC Live on Sky Sports

England v Australia

10.45am, July 3

Stratford CC

England v Australia

10.45am, July 5

Wormsley CC

England v Australia

10.45am, July 7

Lord's

npower Women's Ashes Test Match

Match

Date

Venue

England v Australia

11am, July 10-13

Worcestershire CCC