Kent captain Tammy Beaumont and all-rounder Laura Marsh have both been selected as part of England Women’s squad of 13 for their must-win Kia Women’s Test at Taunton.
Beaumont is fresh from scoring a century against Australia A in a four-day warm up match, retiring ‘out’ after her 169-ball ton with 16 fours.
Marsh finished the match with figures of 4/89 as England Women won by 319 runs at Millfield School.
Kirstie Gordon – who impressed in last winter’s ICC Women’s World T20 before picking up a stress fracture – is brought into the squad after taking eight wickets in the warm-up fixture between Australia and England Women’s Academy.
Danni Wyatt and Jenny Gunn, who were a part of the ODI squad, will stay with England Women’s Academy to take part in T20s against Australia A and Ireland, the latter fixtures a replacement for Ireland’s series against Zimbabwe which as cancelled.
Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley will stay with the Test group in Taunton as cover.
England captain Heather Knight said: “It’s obviously a very important match for us and we need to win it to stay in the series.
“The beauty of the multi-format points series means we’re still very much in the battle, a normal bilateral series that finished like the ODIs would have been finished but we can get back to 6-4 with a win in the Test match and that’s exciting.
“The warm-up at Millfield was ideal. We saw batters get runs and spend time in the middle and the bowlers performed well to bowl out the opposition twice on a flat one. We’re raring to go again to get back into the Ashes.”
England Women squad in full
- Heather Knight (Berkshire, captain)
- Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
- Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
- Kate Cross (Lancashire)
- Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)
- Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
- Kirstie Gordon (Nottinghamshire)
- Amy Jones (Warwickshire)
- Laura Marsh (Kent)
- Nat Sciver (Surrey)
- Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire)
- Sarah Taylor (Sussex)
- Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)