NEWS: Farrant & George In England Squad For T20 Tri-Series

England have announced their squad for the T20 Tri-Series with New Zealand and South Africa, which begins in Taunton on Wednesday, with further matches in Taunton on Saturday and Bristol next Thursday, culminating in a final at Chelmsford on Sunday-week.

The full squad includes Kent’s Tash Farrant, who last played for England in the T20 Tri-Series with Australia and India earlier this year, and who took 3-30 for the Academy against New Zealand last week.

Hampshire’s Katie George and Yorkshire’s Lauren Winfield are also included for the games in Bristol on Thursday.

But this is largely a squad built on experience, designed to win psychologically important matches leading into the World T20, so there is no room for in-form batsmen Bryony Smith and Sophia Dunkley, or Sussex seamer Freya Davies.

Coach Mark Robinson said:

“We saw some excellent individual performances in [the Academy] games – Sophia Dunkley hit 91 against New Zealand, Emma Lamb and Freya Davies have bowled well and Bryony Smith made an outstanding 92 yesterday against South Africa.”

“There’s a growing number of players beginning to make cases for selection which is a reflection of the depth that’s starting to emerge and that’s exciting.”

Full Squad:

  • Heather Knight (Berkshire)
  • Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
  • Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
  • Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)
  • Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
  • Tash Farrant (Kent)
  • Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire)
  • Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)
  • Amy Jones (Warwickshire)
  • Laura Marsh (Kent)
  • Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
  • Nat Sciver (Surrey)
  • Sarah Taylor (Sussex)
  • Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

Plus:

  • Katie George (Hampshire)
  • Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)
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8 thoughts on “NEWS: Farrant & George In England Squad For T20 Tri-Series

  1. Those familiar with my views will not be surprised that I disagree with this decision by MR. Opportunities to blood young talent in the international arena are like hens teeth and England’s maturing line-up needs cover and to build experience ahead of the T20 finals.

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  2. I like this squad. A lot of the youngsters got international experience on the India tour and it will, I hope, have toughened them up.

    I think it’s important for us to set out with our strongest team – to see how good we can be against two of the best teams in the world- and if we qualify early then Robinson has the opportunity to give newer players the chance against high quality international opposition.

    But I guess that’s my view and others will have different ideas.

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    • I agree. England haven’t played their first choice T20I XI since the Ashes.

      New Zealand and South Africa will be a good test of where they stand.

      The expanded KSL should hopefully provide more opportunity for those on the fringes, such as Dunkley or Smith to make a case for inclusion in the World T20 squad.

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      • Our guess is that this is the WWT20 squad – barring a horrendous injury crisis, Dunkley, Smith at al are already out of the running.

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  3. It is challenging to make a case for the likes of Lamb, Dunkley, Smith etc, not because they are not good enough (in truth one only finds this out if they play) but
    because that would mean dropping some of those selected. That’s the challenge – who do you drop and why ?
    The other point is this; this is the last chance before the T20 world cup for Robinson to play his preferred XI (the KSL won’t allow that – this is the dry run) so one should not be surprised (even if not in agreement) that we see the squad we see.
    If I had some doubts (I may, I may not) I’d give Robinson some ‘space’ because he did, after all, win a world cup only last year and that equates to a hell of a lot of credit in the bank (he also gets a load of credit from me for being about the only person within the ECB who seems capable of saying it as it is without a load of ECB media controlled spin)

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  4. I’m inclined to agree with most of the other posters that it isn’t quite the right time to be experimenting too much, with so few games to prepare for the WT20.

    After this tournament it will be 3 years until the next World Cup of any sort, so – notwithstanding Ashes series and the need for points in the ODI championship – there will be time to blood new faces then.

    It’s a delicate balancing act for MR. I feel for the likes of Smith and George that they got their chance in possibly the toughest circumstances – India in India, and Australia… anywhere, really – but they will come again with another KSL under their belts, as will others.

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