NEWS: England Women’s Ashes Test Squad Announced

The ECB have announced a 14-player squad to contest next week’s Women’s Ashes Test match against Australia at Canterbury.

The big news is the recall of Middlesex’s Fran Wilson to the squad, on the back of her recent excellent form with the bat for both the England Academy and her county this season. She was one of England’s top-performers in the Academy games against the Aussie Shooting Stars in UAE earlier this year, with scores of 57, 50, 45 and 18 in the 50-over matches. Most recently, she made 55 against the Australians in the two-day practice game at Loughborough last weekend.

England go into the Test match (which is worth 4 points for a win) 2-4 down in the series on points, having lost the second and third ODIs at Bristol and Worcester. The selection of Wilson in place of Amy Jones – who finished the ODI series with scores of 15 and 0 before being dropped for the third game – suggests that England want to shore up their batting after poor performances in the last two ODIs, where they were bowled out for 196 and 152 respectively.

Wilson has previously featured in a handful of ODIs and T20s, but should she be selected in the starting XI on Tuesday it would be her first time in an England shirt since 2011. It would also be her Test debut. She is the first non-contracted player to feature in an England squad since Sonia Odedra’s selection for last summer’s Test against India at Wormsley.

The squad is otherwise unchanged from that which contested the 3 ODIs.

The full squad is as follows:

  • Charlotte Edwards (Kent)
  • Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
  • Kate Cross (Lancashire)
  • Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
  • Lydia Greenway (Kent)
  • Becky Grundy (Warwickshire)
  • Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire)
  • Heather Knight (Berkshire)
  • Laura Marsh (Kent)
  • Nat Sciver (Surrey)
  • Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
  • Sarah Taylor (Sussex)
  • Fran Wilson (Middlesex)
  • Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)

One thought on “NEWS: England Women’s Ashes Test Squad Announced

  1. From what I’ve heard over the past few months, Wilson deserves a recall. She has improved and she is probably a better player than when she last played for us. Unlucky for Jones but Wilson may be a good choice in the Test format where we will need a few players to stick it out, stay solid, accumulate and not be too fussed about run rates. This also shows that the Academy players can make it into the first team if they do consistently well. Although I still feel like a few have been let down by the system. The main problem is not enough matches of course!


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