KATE CROSS has been called up into the England squad for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament which takes place in Bangladesh.
The Lancashire seamer is part of aa fifteen player squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, which gets underway on 23 March.
Kent’s Charlotte Edwards will once again captain the side, which includes five changes to the squad that retained the Women’s Ashes in Australia last month.
Top order batters Tammy Beaumont (Kent) and Fran Wilson (Somerset) have both been recalled following strong performances for the England Women’s Academy in Sri Lanka at the start of February.
Beaumont, who was part of last summer’s Ashes-winning squad, had an exceptionally good tour, hitting nearly 300 runs at an average of 74.75, including an unbeaten 140 in the final 50-over fixture against an Emerging Sri Lanka Women’s side. Wilson will also be keen to win international honours again after she last played for the England women’s side in 2011.
With slow bowling expected to play a major role in the subcontinent, uncapped spin duo Jodie Dibble from Devon and Warwickshire’s Rebecca Grundy have been called into the squad for the first time. They will feature alongside experienced right-arm spinner, Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), who will potentially win her 50th Twenty20 International cap during the tournament.
Commenting on the squad, ECB Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said:
“The depth of talent currently available within the England women’s high performance set-up is such that, despite the retirement of Arran Brindle and injuries to fast bowlers, Katherine Brunt and Natasha Farrant, the selectors have still been able to pick a strong and balanced squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
“We have opted for a mix of proven international performers such as Lydia Greenway and Sarah Taylor, alongside exciting fresh talents Jodie Dibble and Rebecca Grundy.
“Both Jodie and Rebecca have developed enormously over the last couple of years and they thoroughly deserve this opportunity. As young spinners, there is no better place in the world to ply your trade than the subcontinent and I hope that they enjoy and learn from the experience.
“We are also delighted to see Tammy Beaumont and Fran Wilson back in the squad. Their performances during the recent England Women’s Academy tour to Sri Lanka were an important part of the team’s success out there, and I’m sure that they will be aiming to carry this form forward to Bangladesh.
“Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt will, of course, be disappointed not to be included in the squad, having both played in the Women’s Ashes series in Australia last month. They are both high class players and will remain in the selectors’ thoughts once the domestic season gets underway in April. Laura Marsh will also be hoping to come back strong this summer, as she continues to undergo rehabilitation on her shoulder injury.
“It is a very exciting time for the England Women’s cricket team. The back-to-back Ashes triumphs, in addition to the news last week about the pay increases for the players, put us in a healthy position. I look forward to seeing what this group of players can achieve on the field in Bangladesh.”