NEWS: Ecclestone Called Up To England T20 Squad But Shrubsole Out Injured

England have called up Lancashire’s 17-year-old left-arm orthodox spinner Sophie Ecclestone for the T20 series against Pakistan, starting at Bristol on Sunday.

Ecclestone hails from Cheshire, but joined Lancashire in 2015. Earlier this year she impressed for England Academy in the pre-season tri-series with Sri Lanka A and Australia’s Shooting Stars in Sri Lanka, taking 16 wickets on the tour, including a 4-for versus Sri Lanka A in Panagoda.

Additionally, Kent’s Tash Farrant – the leading wicket-taker in the County Championship – is recalled to the England squad, after missing out in the ODIs.

England will however be without vice-captain Anya Shrubsole, who is injury-listed with a side problem.

Full squad:

  • Heather Knight
  • Tammy Beaumont
  • Katherine Brunt
  • Sophie Ecclestone
  • Tash Farrant
  • Georgia Elwiss
  • Jenny Gunn
  • Alex Hartley
  • Dani Hazell
  • Amy Jones
  • Laura Marsh
  • Nat Sciver
  • Fran Wilson
  • Lauren Winfield
  • Danni Wyatt

8 thoughts on “NEWS: Ecclestone Called Up To England T20 Squad But Shrubsole Out Injured

  1. Evolution not revolution..

    BBC article speaks of Kate Cross undertaking “focused technical work” – any ideas?

    We seems to be rich in spin talent – who are the next generation of seamers?


    • Think they just concluded Cross would get more out of working at Loughborough, than traipsing around the country carrying drinks for a week. They can still always call her up if someone gets injured, after all.


  2. Shrubsole’s absence will be a big loss but Farrant now has more chance of getting some games at least.

    Will Ecclestone be in direct competition for her place with Hartley?

    Also who is the vice-captain now (if there is one)?


  3. Did Robinson really drop Edwards because no player could flourish in her shadow or was the real reason that he wanted to save her from captaining a player born after her 1st cap (12/07/1996 v 06/05/1999 in the case of Ecclestone) !!! The nearest we got to this scenario whilst she was captain was Tash Farrant, born 6 weeks before Lottie’s 1st cap.


    • Have to admit to not knowing anything about Ecclestone, could someone fill me in with a few details.
      Had a brief look at play-cricket county stats (women and age group) and they look very ordinary.
      What am I missing ?


      • Two seasons for Cheshire in Div 2 before she moved to Lancashire, so stats on p-c are a bit stuffed – there are (at least) two of her, mostly a Cheshire one and a Lancs one, but at least one Lancs game has fallen into the Cheshire bucket! All about the accuracy and the economy, they say. Have to confess had never seen her play until last weekend – she was tidy for Lancs v Berks (2-11) & Kent (1-14).


      • All I know is that she had a very good Academy tour against Australia and SL. If my figures are correct she returned a total of 10 wickets from 5 games at 16 in 50 overs, and also impressed in T20. Second best return after Cross herself who was obviously too good (along with Wilson) for that standard.


  4. I know Sophie personally and obviously I’m delighted for her. These ordinary stats you speak of, batting certainly I agree she’s an international number 11 at present. Bowling, she’s always been fairly tight but these figures have to be seen in the context of having played all her senior county cricket at aged 14 to 17. I think a big step towards her selection was her performance in the England A v B four day game last year, when she bowled 22 overs for 28 runs against some established internationals. Age group bowling stats often look worse than senior stats as the star bowlers don’t get the back up from their fielders in terms of catches and stopping runs.

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