England Name Women's Ashes Squads
England Women have named their squads to take on Australia Women in the revised Women's Ashes competition, which will span one Test, three ODIs and three Twenty20s.
In all, 17 players have been included in the squads, with all three teams set to be led by Charlotte Edwards, who is poised to play in her 11th Ashes Test.
Experienced bowlers Katherine Brunt and Laura Marsh return to the 14-player Test squad as Yorkshire's Lauren Winfield and Surrey's Natalie Sciver are also included having made their international debuts against Pakistan last month.
Holly Colvin and Georgia Elwiss missed out on selection for the Test match, which begins at Wormsley on 11th August, but will replace Sciver and Danielle Wyatt for the three ODIs.
The pair are also included in the Twenty20 International squad along with 17-year-old seamer Natasha Farrant.
"Facing Australia is the ultimate test for every player. The inaugural multi-format Women's Ashes is unprecedented in terms of establishing a winning team across all three formats," Clare Connor, Head of England Women's Cricket said.
"Our selectors have picked well balanced squads to maximise the strengths of our players in each of the formats of the game.
"England are focussed on regaining the Ashes and we know Australia will be looking to continue their dominance of the past couple of years, so we anticipate an exciting and hard-fought month of international women's cricket, culminating in the three televised T20I matches live on Sky Sports."
The winner of each limited overs match will gain two points and a Test match win will gain six points and the team with the most points at the end of the summer will win the Ashes. Should the two teams end up on equal point, Australia will retain the Ashes.
Australia won the last Test between the two sides, beat England by two runs in the Women's World Cup 2013 and also held on to win the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 final clash between the two sides in Sri Lanka by four runs.
The tourists are preparing for the Wormsley Test by taking on an England 'A' side while England began their summer with an tied T20 series and an ODI series win over Pakistan.
England Women Test squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Arran Brindle, Katherine Brunt, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt
England Women ODI squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Arran Brindle, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Georgia Elwiss, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield
England Women T20I squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Arran Brindle, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield
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