Brunt, Knight, Shrubsole Return For England
Fast bowlers Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole as well as batting star Heather Knight have returned from injury to be selected in the England Women's Ashes squad.
The three players all missed England's recent trip to the West Indies, where they lost to the hosts in the final of a Twenty20 International tri-series but won the ODI series.
England have named 15-player squads for the Test and ODIs with Kathryn Cross, who made her debut for England in the Caribbean, included in both squads.
Natasha Farrant comes in for Cross in what is an otherwise identical Twenty20 squad, England hoping to benefit from fielding largely the same set of players during the whole series.
Australia and England will play one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is and the Ashes will be decided by whichever of the two sides gains the most points over the seven matches.
Six points are available for winning the Test match with two points on offer for winning each of the limited overs match.
England won the series at home earlier this year by 12 points to four after they won all three Twenty20 matches and two of the ODIs. The Test match was drawn.
"We are pleased to welcome three of our most senior players back to the squad for what promises to be a very competitive series against one of the strongest sides in the women’s world game," England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Head of England Women's Cricket Clare Connor said.
“Last summer’s series in England was watched by more spectators than ever before and the international women’s game will gain further exposure this winter with all three T20 internationals being played as double headers prior to the men’s T20 fixtures.
“The England Women’s team also continues to gain wider recognition for its achievements and we were delighted to see the squad nominated for the Team of the Year award at last week’s Sunday Times Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards.
“But there can be no room for complacency on our part and we must continue to perform at a very high level if we are to achieve our twin objectives this winter – retaining the Ashes in Australia and winning the Women’s World T20 tournament in Bangladesh.”
England Test/ODI squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Arran Brindle, Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Cross, Georgia Elwiss, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt
England T20I squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Arran Brindle, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt
10th-13th January: Test match, Perth
19th January: 1st ODI, Melbourne
23rd January: 2nd ODI, Melbourne
26th January: 3rd ODI, Hobart
29th January: 1st T20I, Hobart
31st January: 2nd T20I, Melbourne
2nd February: 3rd T20I, Sydney
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