With just 5 days to go until the start of the summer internationals, England have named a 14-player squad for the first two ODIs against South Africa.
Lauren Winfield has been recalled after missing out on the ODI and T20 series’ in India, while Alex Hartley and Fran Wilson have both been omitted. Katherine Brunt and Sarah Taylor both return to the squad after being rested for the India tour.
Interestingly, the ECB’s press release indicates that this squad is only for the first two ODIs of the summer, leaving Mark Robinson’s options open for the third ODI against South Africa and the ensuing T20 tri-series.
The full squad is as follows:
- Heather Knight (captain, Berkshire)
- Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
- Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
- Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)
- Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
- Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire)
- Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)
- Amy Jones (wicketkeeper, Warwickshire)
- Laura Marsh (Kent)
- Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
- Nat Sciver (Surrey)
- Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper, Sussex)
- Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)
- Danni Wyatt (Sussex)
Whilst I do believe these are the best players we have and MR has done an excellent job.
The squad has only 2 players under 25, an average age of 27 and the seam bowling options should the senior players get injured is limited to non-existent?
Who is helping / keeping eye on next generation or is it all down to Mark Robinson?
Looking forward to the first ODIs of the summer, will be at Worcester and Hove!
I think the hope is that England can get a 2-0 lead and the third match will be open for some more experimentation. MR is limited to some extent by having to ensure we get at least 4 points from both the ODI series, but that won’t be easy. From what I’ve read here we’re all keen to see how some of the younger players get on in an home International series.
The T20 tri-series might see a few different selections, for all the sides actually! Should be a lot of fun…