England have today announced their squad for their matches in Malaysia in December against Pakistan, with the big news a first-time international call-up for 20-year-old leg spinner Sarah Glenn.
Glenn, who represented Loughborough Lightning in the last 2 editions of the KSL, was called up to the England Training Squad on the back of a strong 2018 season, and ranked as the fifth best bowler in our 2019 KSL analysis with 11 wickets at 6.05 – the joint-second best Economy Rate in KSL 2019, behind only Marizanne Kapp.
Fast bowler Freya Davies makes a return after missing out over the summer, having finished as leading wicket-taker in KSL 2019, while Mady Villiers – who made her debut against Australia at Bristol in July and looks set to be handed a central contract in January – also makes the cut.
However, Glenn’s fellow leg-spinner Sophia Dunkley misses out, as do senior pros Georgia Elwiss and Laura Marsh.
While the appointment of England’s new coach Lisa Keightley was announced recently, Keightley remains in Australia with the Perth Scorchers for now, with this squad presumably selected on the basis of recommendations from acting head coach Ali Maiden and captain Heather Knight.
However, Keightley will no doubt be keeping a close eye on proceedings in what will be one of the last opportunities for these players to make a case for themselves ahead of the WWT20 in February.
The full squad is as follows:
- Heather Knight (Berkshire)
- Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
- Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
- Kate Cross (Lancashire)
- Freya Davies (Sussex)
- Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)
- Sarah Glenn (Worcestershire)
- Kirstie Gordon (Nottinghamshire)
- Amy Jones (Warwickshire)
- Nat Sciver (Surrey)
- Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire)
- Mady Villiers (Essex)
- Fran Wilson (Kent)
- Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)
- Danni Wyatt (Sussex)
England will be playing 3 ODIs (with 6 available points on offer in the ICC Women’s Championship), and 3 T20s against Pakistan. The ECB have confirmed today that all 6 matches will be live-streamed and available to watch in the UK.
- December 9: First ODI, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval, 1.30am GMT
- December 12: Second ODI, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval, 1.30am GMT
- December 14: Third ODI, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval, 1.30am GMT
- December 17: First IT20, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval, 2am GMT
- December 19: Second IT20, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval, 2am GMT
- December 20: Third IT20, Pakistan v England, Kinrara Oval, 2am GMT
Ooooh! I hope my cable channels have these (I hate streaming). I know they’ve been together for a couple of years, actually, but I would love to watch Brunt and Sciver playing together: my favourite cricket couple.
Pakistan have certainly progressed in the last year or two and should be a different, more challenging proposition than the side that England dominated in 2016. Coupled with the tough away conditions, this could be a hard series for England and a close one too. Pakistan have beaten SA recently and now have players like Nida Dar in the franchise T20 competitions.
It will be interesting to see how the new players get on if they’re given games. Personally I think that Marsh, Elwiss and Dunkley still have plenty left to offer and could have covered for any missing or injured players.
I say this because presumably the timing of this series prevents any England players featuring in the WBBL05 finale, which is a bit disappointing. I can’t imagine the England WBBL players missing out on the first ODI. Looking forward to it though!