Tammy Beaumont to captain England Academy against Australians
Tammy Beaumont will captain the England Women's Academy side which will take on the touring Australians in a two-day tour game that begins on Saturday (1st August) in Loughborough.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have named a 13-player squad for the match, which serves as the start of Australia's preparation for the Ashes Test in Canterbury, which gets underway on 11th August.
Three players who featured in the One-Day International series - Georgia Elwiss, Amy Jones and Laura Marsh - are in the squad.
Tash Farrant, Danielle Hazell, Fran Wilson and Danielle Wyatt have also played international cricket for England previously.
Australia will also play a three-day game against a combined England Women's Academy/Surrey Boys' XI in Beckenham from 5th August.
"These two matches represent an excellent opportunity for this group of players to develop their multi-day cricket skills," England Women's Academy coach and former Australian international Lisa Keightley said.
"Australia have demonstrated what a strong side they are in the recent Women’s Ashes Royal London ODIs, however we have been able to select a very experienced squad for the 2-day match at the National Cricket Performance Centre this weekend, so I expect a really good game of cricket.
"In particular, I’m sure that Tammy Beaumont and Fran Wilson will be hoping to continue their form against the Australians - after they both scored half centuries for the Academy against them in the 50-over warm-up match in Taunton earlier this month."
Australia lead the multi-format Women's Ashes series 4-2 after winning the ODI series 2-1.
There are four points available for a win in the Test match and two points for a win in each of the three Twenty20 Internationals at the end of the series.
England Women's Academy squad: Tammy Beaumont (captain), Freya Davies, Jodie Dibble, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Amy Jones, Evelyn Jones, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt
Combined Academy/Surrey boy's squad: Tammy Beaumont (captain), Harry Alderson, Harriharan Aravinthan, Ajeet Dale, Freya Davies, Jodie Dibble, Alex Hartley, Tash Farrant, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Omar Ramzen, Carla Rudd, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt
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