The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday, February 10, announced a 15-member squad and two travelling reserves for the forthcoming ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 set to take place in New Zealand.
Heather Knight will be at the helm with that includes eight players from the 2017 World Cup-winning campaign. Lamb, 24, was called up to the squad after making her debut in the final ODI of the Ashes series. She scored the most runs for England A during their tour of Australia, and she had also done well at home, winning the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
Emma Lamb, an all-rounder who made her international debut last summer, has been chosen in the roster for the major tournament. The roster also included Charlie Dean, a 20-year-old off-spinner. She took 10 wickets at an average of 19.20 just in her debut series against the White Ferns in November last year.
Lamb has been included as a backup to Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield-Hill. “Emma Lamb, a consistent performer across domestic cricket, comes into the squad after making her international debut last summer and offers multiple options with the bat and as an all-rounder with her off-spin bowling,” Jonathan Finch, the director of England women’s cricket, said.
“The England Women’s A series that ran alongside the Ashes enabled a wider group of players to compete for a place in the squad which has made for some tough calls on selection.”
Mady Villiers, who was also part of the squad for that series, has been named as a travelling reserve, joining Lauren Bell.
Among players who didn’t make it to the squad include Sarah Glenn, who opted to make herself unavailable for the tournament, and Maia Bouchier, who was a key member of England’s ODI set-up during Ashes.
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 commences on March 4 and will run till April 4. England will begin their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign in the eight-team Group Stage against arch-rivals Australia in Hamilton on March 5.
England squad: Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt.
Travelling Reserves: Lauren Bell, Mady Villiers