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England include Sophie Ecclestone in Women's Ashes squad

Heather Knight (right) will be captaining England in the Women's Ashes
Heather Knight (right) will be captaining England in the Women's Ashes

Lancashire left-arm-spinner Sophie Ecclestone will be part of the England squad that will tour Australia to take part in the multi-format Ashes series.

The 18-year-old has played two apiece of One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals, all of it coming in 2016 and has picked six wickets combined.

Head coach Mark Robinson is looking forward to a tough and exciting challenge in Australia as England make their first appearance since winning the 2017 World Cup.

"It's a hugely exciting tour and one we are really looking forward to. Australia on their home soil will be a further test of the progress we have made.

"We said before the World Cup that the final at Lord's was never going to be our destination, it was just part of the journey, and that journey continues with this tour.

"Sophie Ecclestone has finished school now and has had a great summer domestically. Her selection will provide another option to our attack."

The tournament will comprise of three ODIs, a Test match and three T20Is that will be played between 22nd October and 21st November with the limited overs games carrying two points each while the winner of the Test game will be awarded four points.

In the previous edition in 2015 in England, Australia outplayed the hosts with a 10-6 margin and Heather Knight, who will be captaining the side is confident of a turnaround this time around.

"Ashes tours don’t come around all too often so it’s always a special opportunity. Australia are going to be very strong opponents on their home soil so we’ll have to be at our best, across all three formats.

“Winning the World Cup was a dream come true but it doesn’t get much bigger than the Ashes. We weren’t able to win in 2015 so I know that the whole group will be intent on regaining the trophy this time around."

England Women's squad:

Heather Knight (captain, Berkshire), Tammy Beaumont (Kent), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire), Alex Hartley (Lancashire), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), Laura Marsh (Kent), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Nat Sciver (Surrey), Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper, Sussex), Fran Wilson (Middlesex), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

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