Sarah Taylor returns to England Women's World Cup squad

Sarah Taylor last played for England in February 2016
Sarah Taylor last played for England in February 2016

Experienced duo Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight have been named in the 15-member England Women squad that will feature in the upcoming World Cup campaign to be played next month.

Wicket-keeper batsman Taylor last featured for the England team in February 2016 before taking an indefinite break from the game due to anxiety issues while Knight returns back to captain the side after recovering from a stress fracture on her left foot.

Excited by the challenge ahead, Knight said she is looking forward to lead the team as they bid to win their fourth title in what will be their 11th appearance in the global event.

"It's such a dream to captain England in a World Cup on home soil; it's not something that many cricketers can say they've done and it's a real honour," said Knight.

"There's so much potential in this group of players and the opportunity ahead of us is really exciting.

"I'm very proud of all the girls in this squad, as cricketers and people.

"We're a young group but we've made massive strides over the past 12 months and everyone has worked so hard.

"We know it's going to be a tough tournament - and we won't go in as favourites - but backed by home support we'll do our best to challenge for the trophy."

England will kick start their World Cup campaign with a clash against India on 24th June in Derby.

England Women's World Cup squad:

Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss , Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Nat Sciver, Sarah Taylor (wk), Fran Wilson

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