The experienced players, namely Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt, and Heather Knight will be making their comeback in the upcoming five-match T20I series against West Indies. Besides these three, Lauren Winfield-Hill has also earned a call into the T20I setup.
Sciver took a break from the game citing mental health concerns at the start of September, while Knight has been deemed fit to play after undergoing surgery to treat a hip injury. Brunt was rested for the white-ball series against India. She will be making her return as well.
Talking about Winfield-Hill, she couldn’t cut into England’s squad for the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand. Hill has been of the scheme of things, since. It is pertinent to note that, Hill has not featured in a T20 international for England since the group stage of the T20 World Cup held in Australia in early 2020.
Much to the delight of the fans, she has now been recalled for the upcoming five-match T20I series against West Indies. Notably, England’s top-order batter was the fourth-highest run-getter at The Hundred competition this year, amassing 219 runs at a strike rate of close to 140.
England last won the T20 series against India by a margin of 2-1 but lost the ODI series 3-0. With the return of the regular skipper, they would be looking to pose a strong challenge for the West Indies. England coach, Jon Lewis, recently, expressed his excitement at working with the squad.
“It’s great to have Heather, Nat and Katherine back in the group,” Lewis said. “The quality and experience they bring can only add huge value both on and off the field. We will manage Katherine back into competitive cricket with an eye on the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in February.
“Equally, for Lauren, it’s pleasing to see a player go through a tough period and come back stronger while demonstrating terrific form at domestic and franchise level. I have been particularly impressed with Lauren’s ability to put the bowlers under pressure and score at an impressive run rate in the powerplay.”
Here’s a look at the complete squads for the T20 and ODI series:
ODI squad: Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver, Danni Wyatt
T20I squad: Heather Knight, Lauren Bell, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Nat Sciver, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt