NEWS: England Call Up Bryony Smith, Rest Brunt & Sciver & Drop Hartley

England have made a few changes to their squad for the final ODI against the West Indies at Chelmsford on Thursday.

The biggest news is the call-up of Surrey’s batting allrounder Bryony Smith. Smith made her debut out in India in 2018, during the T20 Tri-Series versus India and Australia; and although she has not played internationally since, she was subsequently awarded an England contract. Smith, who also bowls a bit of handy off-spin, has been in great form at county – topping the Batting Rankings in Div 1 of the Women’s County Championship and taking 8 wickets.

Meanwhile Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver are both “rested”, whilst Alex Hartley is less ceremoniously “let go”.

The likelihood is that Smith will replace Brunt in the lineup, coming in late in the middle order; while Fran Wilson, who was already in the squad, will replace Sciver coming in at 5.

Full Squad

Heather Knight (Berkshire, captain)
Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
Kate Cross (Lancashire)
Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)
Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire)
Amy Jones (Warwickshire)
Laura Marsh (Kent)
Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire)
Bryony Smith (Surrey)
Sarah Taylor (Sussex, wicketkeeper)
Fran Wilson (Kent)
Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)
Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

11 thoughts on “NEWS: England Call Up Bryony Smith, Rest Brunt & Sciver & Drop Hartley

  1. Those changes would leave only four front-line bowlers, plus Knight and (presumably?) Smith, or possibly Wyatt, to make up the fifth. Gunn instead of Wilson might be an option? Maybe with Wilson replacing one of the other batsmen, depending on how experimental England are looking to be with the series already won?

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  2. As an aside from the squad … but related to the match ..

    In case anyone is wondering whether England will qualify if they beat the West Indies in the 3rd ODI the answer is ‘No’.

    There are quite a few permutations that give a ‘No’ but for the sake of proof here’s just one:-
    England 0-6 Pakistan
    Australia 0-6 Sri Lanka
    Australia 0-6 South Africa
    Australia 4-2 West Indies
    India 6-0 West Indies
    India 2-4 Parkstan
    NZ 0-6 South Africa
    NZ 0-6 Sri Lanka
    This leaves SA (28), Aus (26), Pak (25), Eng (24) and Ind (24). So England are tied 4th and therefore with NZ not in the top 5, are not guaranteed qualification (although the odds of them not qualifying are really small)

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    • At the risk of pointing out the obvious, if England win the 3rd ODI and India forfeit their series against Pakistan then England will qualify. Pretty obvious I know but India could not get 24pts, West Indies could not get 24pts and Sri Lanka could not get 24pts. Therefore either England are in the top 5 but so are NZ therefore England qualify or (b) England are on the top 4 and therefore qualify. QED.


  3. The way the Windies are at the moment I think we are ok with whatever bowling attack! However, they all must still bowl very well. Great shame for Sophia D as she would not be out of place.


  4. So the final one day international against a West Indies team that has failed to turn up with the bat so far will most likely see the following XI from England;-
    1. Amy Jones
    2. Tammy Beaumont
    3. Sarah Taylor
    4. Heather Knight
    5. Fran Wilson
    6. Danni Wyatt
    7. Bryony Smith
    8. Anya Shrubsole
    9. Sophie Ecclestone
    10. Laura Marsh
    11. Kate Cross

    I’ve promoted Anya and Sophie as they have batted so well so far against West Indies so far.


  5. Slightly surprised at resting Sciver as she’s only bowled one over, especially with resting Brunt as well. Possibly carrying an injury?

    Hopefully Dani Wyatt and Sarah Taylor will get some decent time at the crease on Thursday, if the weather cooperates.


  6. From the inclusion of Smith, I think Gunn has more of a chance for this game as the bowling will be left lighter. Not sure who would miss out, if Wilson is to be included then maybe Wyatt will, as she doesn’t seem to do so well in home ODIs unfortunately.

    Is Smith actually a better batter than Dunkley though? Not sure, myself. But she deserves some more chances, anyway. Weather forecast is a bit dodgy, there may be some delays but hopefully not a complete washout.


  7. Congratulations to Briany Smith for her inclusion in the ODI squad, I hope she gets an opportunity to play. I’m not sure it’s very fair on her to have all this speculation if Dunkley should be included or not instead of her.
    Briany has had a good county season in division one, got a 75 against the West Indies in one of their warm up games which was comfortably the highest score by any batter in either game. She also bowls tidy off spin. England play lots of games mid week which most of us don’t see and performances in those games I’m sure will have gone towards selection.
    Dunkley is a promising young player who I’m sure will get opportunity in time. Good luck to them both.


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