England Name Provisional Women's Ashes Squad
England have named a provisional 18-player squad for the Women's Ashes series of one Test, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals that begins in August.
The three players who made their debuts against Pakistan earlier this month - Natasha Farrant, Natalie Sciver and Lauren Winfield are all included.
Experienced bowlers Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin and Laura Marsh all missed the four games against Pakistan due to injury and are all recalled.
The squads for each format of the game will be reduced to 15 players in early August with the Test getting underway on 11th August at Wormsley.
Six points are on offer for each format of the match throughout the series and the winners will be the team that accrues most points throughout the month. As reigning champions, Australia need only reach nine points to retain the Ashes.
"It is pleasing to see such healthy competition for places ahead of the Women’s Ashes Series," Clare Connor, Head of England Women's Cricket, said.
"Exciting young players from the England Women's Academy have stepped up in to the England squad in the recent internationals against Pakistan and have made an outstanding contribution on and off the pitch. One highlight being Natalie Sciver's three for 28 in just her second ODI.
"This is an exciting time for all players, both the young and experienced, who will be hoping to have the honour of taking on Australia in the Women’s Ashes Series and I am delighted that our talent pipeline is providing selectors with some really tough decisions."
England Women provisional Ashes squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Arran Brindle, Katherin Brunt, Holly Colvin, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt
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