Honours Even For England / India

England and India have shared the honours across their Test and ODI series, with India winning the one-off Test, before England came back to take the 3-match ODI rubber 2-0.

At the Test, unfancied India upset the apple-cart by bowling England out for just 92 on the first day, having won a vital toss to put the home side in in overcast conditions. It was a position England were unable to find their way back from, despite a Man-of-the-Match performance from all-rounder Jenny Gunn, who took five wickets in India’s first innings and scored a half-century in England’s second.knock. Needing 62 runs to win on the final day, India were guided home by captain Mithali Raj, and impressive débutante Shikha Pandey.

With the ODIs forming part of the new Women’s International Championship, England knew they had to perform better as the teams headed to Scarborough for two matches in cold and blustery North Yorkshire. And perform better they did, winning the first match by 42 runs (D/L) with Heather Knight taking 3 wickets and scoring a fifty; and the second by 13 runs, as captain Charlotte Edwards carried her bat for a record-breaking 9th ODI hundred. The final match of the series – scheduled at Lords – was disappointingly washed-out; handing England the Royal London One Day trophy and 5 crucial International Championship points to India’s 1.

England Announce India / South Africa Squads

England have announced their squads for this summer’s series against India and South Africa.

The campaign begins with a one-off Test and 3 ODIs against India – one of the traditional “Big 4” of women’s cricket; followed by 3 T20s versus up-coming young-guns, South Africa.

The big surprise in the Test squad is the inclusion of uncapped ‘journeyman pro’ Sonia Odedra – an aggressive fast-medium pace bowler from Nottinghamshire.

Fast bowler Katherine Brunt is named in Odedra’s place for the ODIs, as she looks to return from a lengthy injury lay-off; with Odedra presumably remaining on standby should Brunt’s return to fitness prove ephemeral.

Finally, the squad for the T20s is then augmented by young seamer Natasha Farrant, who is also recovering from injury; but who England consider one of their brightest prospects for the future.

Full squads:

  • Charlotte Edwards (Capt)
  • Heather Knight (VC)
  • Tammy Beamont
  • Katherine Brunt (ODI/T20)
  • Kate Cross (Test/ODI)
  • Lydia Greenway
  • Rebecca Grundy
  • Jenny Gunn
  • Danielle Hazell
  • Amy Jones
  • Sonia Odedra (Test)
  • Natalie Sciver
  • Anya Shrubsole
  • Sarah Taylor
  • Lauren Winfield
  • Natasha Farrant (T20)