The ECB have today announced the squad which will contest the three Ashes T20s against Australia, beginning on August 26 at Chelmsford.
There are two changes from the Test squad, with Danielle Wyatt and Danielle Hazell replacing Kate Cross and Fran Wilson.
Hazell was the surprise omission from the initial ODI squad and, as current number 1-ranked bowler in the world in T20s, must surely be in contention to start for England at Chelmsford.
Wyatt is presumably back into the squad at least partly on the back of her unrivalled season with the bat at county level, having hit 287 runs at an average of 57, including a century against Somerset back in June.
Meanwhile Jenny Gunn, after sitting the Test out due to the flaring up of an old neck injury on the first morning, is evidently back to full match fitness – fresh from hitting 51* and taking 5-3 against Kent last weekend to deny them the county T20 title.
The only real surprise is the non-selection of Kent’s Tash Farrant, who has not featured in any of England’s squads this summer. Given that the ECB’s central contracts are up for renewal in October, this perhaps does not bode well for her prospects of retaining her place in the elite 18.
The series is of vital importance for England, who need to win all three games in order to draw the series on points and thus retain the Ashes. Meanwhile, even a no-result due to bad weather (worth 1 point apiece) would see Australia win an Ashes series in England for the first time since 2001.
The full T20 squad is as follows:
- Charlotte Edwards (Kent)
- Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
- Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
- Lydia Greenway (Kent)
- Becky Grundy (Warwickshire)
- Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire)
- Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)
- Heather Knight (Berkshire)
- Laura Marsh (Kent)
- Nat Sciver (Surrey)
- Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
- Sarah Taylor (Sussex)
- Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)
- Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire)