A quartet of Kent’s double-winning cricketers have been selected in a 24-strong England women’s touring party for a training camp in the United Arab Emirates next month.
Opener Tammy Beaumont, seamer Tash Farrant and spinner Laura Marsh are among 17 of the centrally-contracted players selected alongside all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards, one of seven of England Women’s Senior Academy players.
The trip will include several inter-squad matches alongside three 50-over matches between an England XI and their Irish counterparts. It is a key part of the team’s preparations ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup in England this summer.
The matches against the Ireland XI will take place on the 24th, 26th and 28th of April at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi.
England Captain Heather Knight said: “This is an exciting step in the build-up to the World Cup. We’ve begun to show who we are as a side over the past year and we’ll continue to work hard and continue to progress.
“We are looking forward to getting back outside and testing ourselves against Ireland. I’m sure there will be a few of the squad who will be keen to see who comes out on top when we play each other as well.”
England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson said: “The trip will give us the opportunity to play some internal games to get us back playing competitive cricket. With places up for grabs, the players will start the process of building a case for selection this summer.
“Having some of the Academy players with us is exciting as we are always looking for opportunities to increase their learning and exposure.”
|Heather Knight (captain)||Berkshire||@Heatherknight55|
|Anya Shrubsole (vice-captain)||Somerset||@Anya_shrubsole|