In a recent development, the England women have announced a 17-member squad for the one-off Test against India beginning on June 16. The squad marks a first international call-up for Central Sparks seamer Emily Arlott, who recently picked a hat-trick in the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy. Meanwhile, South East Stars captain Tash Farrant is also included in the side.
It is further being learned that the squad will be trimmed prior to the beginning of the Test match so that the non-selected players get to play in the next round of the ongoing Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy.
In another big update, it has been confirmed that Nat Sciver will become vice-captain for the England women’s team across all forms of international cricket.
We have announced a 17-strong squad for the LV= Insurance Test match against India, starting June 16.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 9, 2021
Hard to pick a squad given the balance of needing cover in a COVID world: Head coach
“It’s been hard to pick a squad given the balance of needing cover in a COVID world while wanting to give players as much chance as possible to play cricket,” Head Coach Lisa Keightley said.
“We want players to have opportunities out in the middle so we’re looking to reduce our numbers slightly ahead of the Test to give the non-selected players that chance,” she added.
“I’m really excited by the summer ahead. We’ve been working really hard across the last 10 weeks, India are a strong side and it’s the beginning of a two-year journey for us that takes in two ICC World Cups, an Ashes and the Commonwealth Games,” she further said.
England Women squad for Test match against India Women:
Heather Knight (c), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver (vc), Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill