England Name Squad To Tour West Indies

England Women celebrate
Charlotte Edwards (left) will lead a less experienced squad in the Caribbean than the one that regained the Ashes
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England have named a 14-strong women's squad to tour the Caribbean where they will play New Zealand as well as the West Indies.

With Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Laura Marsh and Heather Knight unavailable due to injury and Arran Brindle not travelling due to personal reasons, the tour offers an opportunity for the development of young players.

Academy graduates Beth Langston and Kate Cross are given the chance to impress ahead of the Ashes squad being named in November.

"With a few experienced players currently rehabilitating injuries sustained during the Ashes campaign, a number of young players will have the opportunity to play key roles for the side in what promises to be an exciting tour against the hosts West Indies and also New Zealand," Head of England Women's Cricket, Clare Connor, said.

"Kate Cross and Beth Langston should both be congratulated on their selection after delivering consistently strong performances at England Women’s Academy level. 

"Strength in depth is going to be critical to England’s success over the next couple of years with more and more international cricket on the horizon, including the return Ashes to Australia in January 2014 and the ICC World Twenty20 in March/April 2014."

England begin their tour on 16th October with the first match in the Twenty20 tri-series in which they play New Zealand and the West Indies twice, aiming to reach the final on 26th October.

They then play the West Indies in three One-Day Internationals on 29th October, 1st November and 3rd November.

England ODI/T20I squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Holly Colvin, Katie Cross, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt

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