England Women Set For Super 3s
England's top women cricketers will face off against each other in a series of Twenty20 and 50-over matches which will combine to form a competition named Super 3s.
As the name would suggest, three teams - led by Charlotte Edwards, Jenny Gunn and Heather Knight - will compete.
The country's leading players have been divided into three evenly-matched teams by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) women's selection panel.
The action begins this Saturday (10th May) with a Twenty20 tournament before round-robin one-day games will be played on 17th and 31st May as well as 7th June.
All games will be played at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in Loughborough and will offer players the opportunity to push for selection ahead of England's summer fixtures against India and South Africa.
"The Super 3s competition bridges the gap between county and international cricket, bringing together the best female cricketers in the country to enable them to stake a claim for a place in the England women’s squad for the summer internationals," Clare Connor, ECB Head of Women's Cricket, said.
"The competition has evolved since its inception in 2002 and it is a fantastic opportunity for the players to test their skills in a highly competitive environment.
"It is also a great way for the England women’s selectors to judge how the players react under pressure and compare against each other.
"Over the years the competition has been very effective in unearthing fresh new talent, with the likes of Natasha Farrant and Natalie Sciver being the most recent examples of players who have performed well in Super 3s and as a result been called up to the England women’s team.
"I wish all of the players involved the best of luck for this weekend, and for the remainder of the competition."
England play India (one Test, three ODIs) and South Africa (three Twenty20 Internationals) later this year.
Team A: Jenny Gunn (captain), Amy Jones (wicket-keeper), Holly Armitage, Kate Cross, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Danielle Hazell, Georgia Holmes, Georgia Hennessy, Helen Shipman, Jess Watson, Danielle Wyatt
Team B: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Carla Rudd (wicket-keeper), Georgia Adams (50-over only), Tamsin Beaumont, Steph Butler, Cordelia Griffith, Alex Hartley, Laura Marsh, Natasha Miles, Sonia Odedra, Alice Davidson-Richards (T20 only), Paige Scholfield, Natalie Sciver, Lauren Winfield
Team C: Heather Knight (captain), Sarah Taylor (wicket-keeper), Erin Bermingham (overseas), Amara Carr, Freya Davies, Jodie Davies, Georgia Elwiss, Sophie Luff, Alice MacLeod, Izi Noakes, Nalisa Patel, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Fran Wilson
Twenty20 round-robin: 10th May
Team A v Team B (50 overs): 17th May
Team A v Team C (50 overs): 31st May
Team B v Team C (50 overs): 7th June
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