With the England players now all together in their biosecure “training bubble” at Derby, the ECB have confirmed that the inter-squad warm-up fixtures which will begin on Thursday will be live-streamed on ecb.co.uk.
In a welcome move to acknowledge the long history of women’s cricket, the inter-squad teams will be named after two greats of the sport, Rachael Heyhoe Flint (1939-2017) and Janette Brittin (1959-2017).
Heyhoe Flint captained England for 10 years between 1966 and 1976 without losing a Test, later leading the charge for female membership of the MCC; while Brittin represented her country between 1979 and 1998, amassing 1,935 Test runs – still a record today.
The 24 England squad players currently at Derby will be aiming to emulate the feats of the pair over the coming days, as they seek to make a case for themselves in the forthcoming series against South Africa (fixtures TBC). The inter-squad match on Thursday will be the first time any of the squad have played since the Twenty20 World Cup back in March.
The ECB have also today confirmed that Tim Macdonald has been appointed as the new Senior Assistant Coach after taking the role on an interim basis earlier in the year.