England have named a 14-strong Women's Academy squad which will tour Sri Lanka to play four Twenty20 and five one-day games against Sri Lanka Women.
The tour will run from 29th January to 12th February and will help both England and Sri Lanka prepare for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh which begins in March.
Kent's Tamsin Beaumont has been named as captain of an experienced squad which includes Beth Langston and Fran Wilson, who like Beaumont have been capped at international level.
Those three players are joined by 11 emerging players who will gain vital experience of limited overs cricket in Sri Lanka and life on tour.
Looking ahead to the tour, and underlining its value, England's Head of Women's Cricket Clare Connor said:
"The EWA tour to Sri Lanka presents an exciting opportunity for this group of players to gain some valuable experience of playing in sub-continent conditions, and represents a strategic part of our preparation for the 2014 ICC World T20 competition in Sylhet.
"As we saw at the ICC Women’s World Cup in India in 2013, the Sri Lankan Women’s side is improving all the time and they will provide challenging opposition in the six scheduled fixtures.
"We have therefore selected a strong squad for this tour, mixing the likes of 2013 Women’s Ashes winner Tammy Beaumont, who will captain the side, with young up and coming talents such as Stephanie Butler from Staffordshire and Sussex’s Freya Davies."
England Women's Academy squad: Tamsin Beaumont (captain), Amara Carr, Freya Davies, Jodie Dibble, Georgia Hennessy, Beth Langston, Sophie Luff, Alex McDonald, Sonia Odedra, Carla Rudd (wicket-keeper), Helen Shipman, Jess Watson, Fran Wilson
3rd February: 1st Twenty20, Nondescripts CC, Colombo
5th February: 2nd Twenty20, Nondescripts CC, Colombo
7th February (morning): 3rd Twenty20, R Premadesa Stadium, Colombo
7th February (afternoon) 4th Twenty20, R Premadesa Stadium, Colombo
9th February: 1st one-day game, R Premadesa Stadium, Colombo
11th February: 2nd one-day game, Burgher Recreation Ground, Colombo
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