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Grundy & Marsh Back For England

Laura Marsh
Laura Marsh is back in an England squad after a lengthy absence due to injury
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England Women have welcomed spinners Rebecca Grundy and Laura Marsh back into a 15-strong squad to tour New Zealand next month.

Charlotte Edwards will captain the 15-strong squad which will play three One-Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals between 11th and 28th February.

The three ODIs will be England's second round of fixtures in the ICC Women's Championship which determines automatic qualification for the 2017 Women's World Cup.

Left-arm spinner Grundy has recovered from a groin injury and experienced off-spinner Marsh has overcome a shoulder problem.

Grundy made a good impression playing during the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2014 while Marsh, who won the 2009 Women's World Twenty20 and Women's World Cup, has not featured for England since their 2013 Ashes campaign.

After playing domestic cricket in Australia, vice-captain Heather Knight and wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor will rejoin their team-mates before heading out to New Zealand.

And with Katherine Brunt having made her return to action following a long injury lay-off last year, England are at full strength as they take on the team they beat to finish third in the last World Cup.

"The selectors were in a privileged position when picking the New Zealand touring party with every player in the 21-strong England women’s performance programme fit and available for selection," Clare Connor, ECB Head of Women's Cricket said.

"As a result, this is one of the strongest squads that we have been able to name for a while, and I am especially pleased to see Laura Marsh and Rebecca Grundy return to international duty, following their extended absences through injury."

England Women squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Heather Knight (vice-captain), Katherine Brunt, Kathryn Cross, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt

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