Monday 4 August 2014 

Knight Named Vice-Captain As Brunt Returns

England have named Heather Knight as their new vice-captain ahead of summer series against India and South Africa, for which they have recalled fit-again fast bowler Katherine Brunt.

England host India for one Test and three One-Day Internationals before South Africa arrive for three Twenty20 Internationals.

Heather Knight

Heather Knight has been named as England's new vice-captain
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Yorkshire's Brunt, who has been out of action since January with a back injury, is in both the ODI and Twenty20 squads and there is a further boost for England's bowling with Natasha Farrant also returning from injury to take her place in the Twenty20 squad.

England v India

7th-8th August: England Academy v India (warm-up), Loughborough

13th-16th August: Test match, Wormsley

18th August: England Academy v India (one-day warm-up), Harrogate

21st August: 1st ODI, Scarborough
23rd August: 2nd ODI, Scarborough
25th August: 3rd ODI, Lord's

England v South Africa

29th August:
England Academy v South Africa (T20 warm-up), Southend
30th August: England Academy v South Africa (T20 warm-up), Southend

1st September: 1st T20I, Chelmsford
3rd September: 2nd T20I, Northampton
7th September: 3rd T20I, Edgbaston

Like Brunt, the left-armer missed the ICC Women's World Twenty20 - where England were runners-up to Australia - due to injury.

Warwickshire's left-arm spinner Rebecca Grundy is in the Test and ODI squads for the first time and with Georgia Elwiss out of action for the rest of the summer with a broken hand, Nottinghamshire's medium pacer Sonia Odedra gets her first call-up.

"The three squads for the series against India and South Africa have been selected from a position of real strength, and I am delighted that both Katherine Brunt and Natasha Farrant will return to international action this summer," Clare Connor, ECB Head of Women's Cricket, said.

"Appointed to the role of vice-captain, Heather Knight now has the opportunity to learn from the most experienced international captain in the world as she works alongside Charlotte Edwards to help lead the England women’s team at the start of a new professional era for the women’s game."

Along with the full England squad, England Women's Academy squads, which will play India and South Africa in a series of warm-up games, have also been named.

Experienced off-spinner Laura Marsh, another player returning following a long injury lay-off, captains the side which also includes Somerset's Fran Wilson and Nottinghamshire's Danielle Wyatt.

Katherine Brunt is set for her return to the side following a back injury

Katherine Brunt is set for her return to the side following a back injury
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England squad to play India (1 Test, 3 ODIs): Charlotte Edwards (captain), Heather Knight (vice-captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt (ODIs only), Kathryn Cross, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Sonia Ededra (Test only), Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wicket-keeper), Lauren Winfield

England squad to play South Africa (3 T20Is): Charlotte Edwards (captain), Heather Knight (vice-captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wicket-keeper), Lauren Winfield

England Women's Academy squad to play warm-ups v India & South Africa: Laura Marsh (captain), Georgia adams, Katherine Brunt (two-day warm-up v India only), Stephanie Butler, Freya Davies, Natasha Farrant (two-day & one-day v India only), Georgia Hennessy, Amy Jones (two-day v India only), Sonia Odedra, Carla Rudd (wicket-keeper), Paige Scholfield (one-day v India & T20s v South Africa only), Cecily Scutt, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt

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England v India
Fixtures/Results
13th-16th August: Only Test, Wormsley
India Women 114 & 183-4 (Mandhana 51) beat
England Women 92 & 202 by six wickets
21st August: 1st ODI, Scarborough
England Women 153-3 (Edwards 57) beat
India Women 193-8 (Mandhana 74) by 42 runs
23rd August: 2nd ODI, Scarborough
England Women 214-9 (Edwards 108no) beat
India Women 201 (Gunn 4-23) by 13 runs
25th August: 3rd ODI, Lord's
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled
 
 
England v South Africa
Fixtures/Results
1st September: 1st T20I, Chelmsford
England Women 91-1 (Edwards 62no) beat
South Africa Women 89-4 by nine wickets
3rd September: 2nd T20I, Northampton
England Women 141-3 (Edwards 75no) beat
South Africa Women 99 by 42 runs
7th September: 3rd T20I, Edgbaston
England Women 126-6 (Winfield 74) beat
South Africa Women 118-6 by eight runs