Women’s Cricket: England Women have given fast-bowling combo Emily Arlott and Lauren Bell their first Test call-ups ahead of the one-off game against South Africa. This happened after the retirements of veteran pace spearhead Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt. The test kicks off the multi-format tour on June 27 in Taunton.
Freya Davies and the all-rounder combo of Alice Davidson-Richards and Emma Lamb could be in line for their debut outing in whites after being named to the 13-member shortlist.
Issy Wong, a 20-year-old fast-bowling star who has already played in the WBBL, has been named as a traveling reserve.
Shrubsole ended her 14-year international career after finishing second in the 2022 ODI World Cup. Brunt announced her retirement from red-ball cricket just ahead of England’s new season.
Lauren Winfield-Hill, a five-match veteran opener who was withdrawn from the World Cup XI after a spate of low scores, has been demoted to England A, alongside Danni Wyatt, an uncapped Test opener. The A squad will face the tourists in a three-day match beginning Tuesday (June 21) at Arundel. Georgia Elwiss will lead the group of nine uncapped players, which will be led by England A Head Coach John Stanworth.
“There are a number of new faces in the squad which brings a real level of energy and enthusiasm,” said England Head Coach Lisa Keightley. “We’re at the beginning of a new ICC Women’s Championship cycle, which starts for us with the India ODIs, and it’s natural that we’re looking forward with one eye on who may be a key player for us come 2025.
Four series points will be on the line in the series’ solitary Test, which will be followed by three ODIs and a slew of two-pointer T20Is.
England Women’s Squad:
Heather Knight (C), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones (wk), Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver (VC)