Three New Faces In England Squad To Play Pakistan

Charlotte Edwards hits out for England Women
Two New Faces In England Squad To Play Pakistan
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Selectors have named England’s 15-player squad for two NatWest Women’s One-Day Internationals and two NatWest Women’s Twenty20 International matches against Pakistan.

17-year-old Natasha Farrant from Kent, Surrey’s Natalie Sciver and Yorkshire’s Lauren Winfield have received their first call-ups to the England Women’s squad for the two One-Day Internationals and both Twenty20 International matches against the Pakistanis.

Farrant, a left-arm seamer, all-rounder Sciver and wicket-keeper Winfield have been added to the 15-player squad, which is without Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin and Laura Marsh for the matches that commence in Louth, Lincolnshire on 1st July.

All three players have progressed through the England Women’s performance pathway, impressing selectors in the County Championship and during the ongoing Super Fours competition. Sciver was also part of the Women’s Academy squad who beat Pakistan ahead of the 2012 NatWest Women’s Twenty20 International Series.

Brunt and Marsh are unavailable for selection due to continuing rehabilitation, Brunt following a foot injury sustained during the ICC Women’s World Cup and Marsh following a shoulder injury. Colvin is also unavailable, recovering from a fractured thumb sustained in league cricket. All players will be reassessed before the selection of the Women’s Ashes Series squad in July.

After the first game at Louth, the second ODI and two NatWest Twenty20 International matches will be played at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University on 3rd and 5th July.

Head of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor said: "We are thrilled to be hosting Pakistan in our first block of summer internationals. The ICC Women’s World Cup in India in February, with a huge global TV audience, brilliantly showcased the top eight teams in the world and we are delighted to host both Pakistan and Australia in England in the next few months.

“As we embark on a new ICC Women’s World Cup cycle, the matches against Pakistan will provide us with valuable opportunity to refresh certain elements of our ODI strategy and to expose a wider pool of players to the international arena.”

England Women: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Arran Brindle, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight (ODI squad only), Susie Rowe, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt

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