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Arran Brindle

A top-order batter who graduated from captaining England Under-19s to make her full England debut against South Africa in 2000.

Brindle developed her game to be recognised as an all-rounder of genuine talent with her ability to swing the ball and to field outstandingly.

She put on a women’s Test-record stand of 200 with Caroline Atkins against India in January 2002, making 85 in her third Test.

Brindle graduated from Loughborough University in 2003 with a BSc Hons in PE and Sport Science.

She helped England to the 2005 World Cup semi-finals, making fifties against Ireland and India. They were knocked out by Australia despite her two direct-hit run-outs.

Arran Brindle

Brindle admires Kolkata's Eden Gardens before the fifth ODI with India in December 2005

Brindle enjoyed a productive 2005 Ashes series with scores of 54 and 101 not out in the first Test as England held on for a crucial draw. She saw them to a six-wicket victory in the decider, clinching the Ashes for the first time in 42 years.

An injury to Clare Connor meant Brindle was selected as vice-captain to Charlotte Edwards for the 2005 tour to Sri Lanka and India, but at the end of that year she took a break from the international game to start a family.

That was until she was selected for the academy high performance training camp in Pune, India, during April 2011.

Next month she became the first woman to score a century in men’s Premier League cricket, for Louth in the Lincolnshire Premier League.

That helped her earn a senior England return that summer and, having joined Sussex from Lancashire, she consolidated her place with an unbeaten 107 in an ODI against South Africa during October.

Brindle became England regular, helping her country finish runners-up at the 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and come third at the 2013 World Cup in India.

She was a part of England’s victorious Ashes-winning side in 2013, but sat out the tour to West Indies for personal reasons.