The ECB has confirmed that, as CRICKETher announced on Twitter earlier today, Danni Wyatt has been omitted from England’s ODI squad against India.
Wyatt’s response was to score 70 not out for Southern Vipers in their win against Western Storm in today’s regional T20 warm-up.
Sophia Dunkley, who hit an unbeaten 74* in England’s first innings of the Test, has (as expected) retained her place and looks set to make her ODI debut on Sunday at Bristol.
Another possible debutant is pace bowler Emily Arlott, who has been retained in the squad, despite missing out on selection for the final Test XI.
Georgia Elwiss, who was included in the Test XI as a “specialist batter”, has also been left out of the ODI squad. However, Freya Davies and Sarah Glenn have both been recalled and will be expected to play a major role in England’s plans in the 50-over matches.
After the Test was drawn, with two points going to each side, there are six possible points available in the ODIs (two in each of the three matches), before the T20 leg begins next month.
The full squad is as follows:
Heather Knight (Western Storm, captain)
Emily Arlott (Central Sparks)
Tammy Beaumont (Lightning)
Katherine Brunt (Northern Diamonds)
Kate Cross (Thunder)
Freya Davies (South East Stars)
Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars)
Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder)
Tash Farrant (South East Stars)
Sarah Glenn (Central Sparks)
Amy Jones (Central Sparks)
Nat Sciver (Northern Diamonds, vice captain)
Anya Shrubsole (Western Storm)
Mady Villiers (Sunrisers)
Fran Wilson (Sunrisers)
Lauren Winfield-Hill (Northern Diamonds)
On 9th June I wrote a comment about the selection of Arlott perhaps “sending out a message – this being the RHF trophy is important, we’re watching and performance will be rewarded”
The non-selection of Danni Wyatt for the ODI squad (RHF trophy scores of 53, 64*, 61 and 28) has blown this proposition out the window
Maybe. But there’s also at least one other way of looking at this development.
As is well known, England’s batting and seam bowling lineups have been composed for some time mainly of mature players, including Wyatt. To continue with such mature lineups indefinitely is a risky strategy.
However, it now seems that Wyatt has been replaced by Sophia Dunkley, and that one of the seam bowlers may soon be replaced by Emily Arlott. Both of those younger replacements have done well in the RHF.
Sadly, there are only 11 places in the team. If the selectors want to bring younger players in, they have to leave older players out, even if they, too, are doing well in the RHF.