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Two-year contracts introduced for England Women

Sarah Taylor was also included in the list of players, who were awarded two-year contracts.
Sarah Taylor was also included in the list of players, who were awarded two-year contracts.

The England and Wales Cricket Board on Friday announced new two-year contracts for 18 members of the England Women's team.

The list also includes Sarah Taylor, who is currently on an indefinite break from the game and last played for England in February 2016.

The news was confirmed by England coach Mark Robinson, who is expecting Taylor to make a return to the game for the upcoming World Cup.

“I’m also happy to confirm that we have offered Sarah Taylor a new contract.

"Sarah is doing really well with her return to cricket plan after taking some time away from the game for health reasons.

"Her aim has always been to be back playing and available for selection for the World Cup next summer, and we’ll continue to offer her the support she needs to achieve that goal."

Alex Hartley, who had an impressive outing against West Indies and Sri Lanka has been awarded a full contract for the first time which also has an increased value while Beth Langston, who has played six games for England spread across two formats has been awarded rookie contract.

Robinson had high praises for both Hartley and Langston.

“Congratulations to Alex Hartley and Beth Langston on being awarded ECB contracts for the first time. Alex has been given a full central contract: her performances against the West Indies in the Caribbean were outstanding and testament to the hard work that she put in over the last 18 months.

“Beth is our first recipient of a new “rookie” contract, and she really showed during the tour to Sri Lanka last month that she has the attitude, commitment and skill to be successful at an international level.

"She has been unlucky with injuries in the past, so hopefully she can now stay fit for a period of time and we will get to see how she can develop into a key bowler for us."

England Women contract list:

Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Beth Langston (rookie contract), Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt

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