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MacGregor to lead U19s

England Women Under-19s will play Pakistan in two Twenty20 matches on Saturday - the first time they have played a full international side.

The selectors have chosen a squad of 14 with Essex all-rounder Beth MacGregor named as captain.

Deanna Cooper

Kent bowler Deanna Cooper has been named in the squad of 14 for two Twenty20 fixtures against Pakistan on Saturday

The selectors picked the squad on the back of the England Women’s Development Programme U19 (EWDP U19) competition which took place this month.

This competition comprised three teams of the country's best U19 players - 39 in total - and a fourth team which was a Berkshire boys county team who were mainly under-15.

Jonathan Finch, Head Coach of the EWDP U19, said the matches with Pakistan were an excellent chance for his young players to showcase their talents.

“Coming off the back of a successful EWDP U19 competition this is a great opportunity for the England U19s to compete against an international side who themselves are preparing for the ICC World Twenty20," he said.

"These matches will provide the players with the opportunity to establish how their game holds up on the international stage and to establish areas of development to fulfil their potential.”

England Women U19 squad:

Beth MacGregor (captain, Essex)
Amara Carr (Devon)
Deanna Cooper (Kent)
Tash Farrant (Kent)
Georgia Hennessey (Worcestershire)
Amy Jones (Warwickshire)
Raveena Lahktaria (Middlesex)
Beth Langston (Essex)
Sophie Luff (Somerset)
Alice MacLeod (Berkshire)
Fi Morris (Gloucestershire)
Izi Noakes (Sussex)
Hannah Phelps (Sussex)
Jess Watson (Yorkshire)