Alice Davidson-Richards has earned an England Test call-up for the first time, to potentially play alongside Kent Women skipper Tammy Beaumont, later this month.
England Women have announced a 13-strong squad for the LV= Insurance Test against South Africa.
The Test match forms the first part of the multi-format series, with four points available for the game and two points available for each white-ball game.
The squad features five potential Test debutants, with Davidson-Richards, Emily Arlott, Lauren Bell, Freya Davies and Emma Lamb all potentially in line for their first appearance.
An England Women’s A squad has also been named for the three-day fixture against South Africa, which starts Tuesday June 21 at Arundel – with Kent’s Kalea Moore, Alexa Stonehouse & Grace Scrivens all included.
The ‘A’ squad will be captained by Georgia Elwiss, and led by England A Head Coach John Stanworth. Of the 15 players selected, nine are yet to make their international debut.
England Women squad:
- Heather Knight (Western Storm & Berkshire, Captain)
- Emily Arlott (Central Sparks & Worcestershire)
- Tammy Beaumont (Lightning & Kent)
- Lauren Bell (Southern Vipers & Berkshire)
- Kate Cross (Thunder & Lancashire)
- Alice Davidson-Richards (South East Stars & Kent)
- Freya Davies (South East Stars & Sussex)
- Charlie Dean (Southern Vipers & Hampshire)
- Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars & Surrey)
- Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder & Lancashire)
- Amy Jones (Central Sparks & Warwickshire)
- Emma Lamb (Thunder & Lancashire)
- Nat Sciver (Northern Diamonds, Surrey)
- Issy Wong (Central Sparks & Warwickshire)
England Women A squad:
Georgia Elwiss (Southern Vipers & Sussex, captain), Maia Bouchier (Southern Vipers & Hampshire), Danni Gibson (Western Storm & Gloucestershire), Sarah Glenn (Central Sparks & Worcestershire), Freya Kemp (Southern Vipers & Hampshire), Eve Jones (Central Sparks), Ella McCaughan (Southern Vipers & Sussex), Kalea Moore (South East Stars & Kent), Tara Norris (Southern Vipers), Grace Potts (Central Sparks & Staffordshire), Grace Scrivens (Sunrisers & Kent), Alexa Stonehouse (South East Stars & Kent), Mady Villiers (Sunrisers & Essex), Lauren Winfield-Hill (Northern Diamonds & Yorkshire), Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers & Sussex)
Head Coach Lisa Keightley said: “There are a number of new faces in the squad which brings a real level of energy and enthusiasm. 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.
“Similarly with Katherine Brunt retired from Test cricket and Anya Shrubsole from all forms of the international game, a number of bowling spots have opened up which is hugely exciting for those players. I’m sure they’ll all be very keen to grab their opportunity.
“We have to balance having the appropriate back-up for the senior squad while also giving playing opportunities. We need our players to play as much cricket as possible, which is why we have a deliberately small Test squad while the England Women’s A team are in action against South Africa.
“It really is a massive summer, with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, and we can’t wait to get started with the red ball in Taunton.”
Tickets for all England Women internationals are still available here.
England Women v South Africa Women fixtures:
LV= Insurance Test Match
- Monday – Thursday, 27 – 30 June: England v South Africa (Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, 11:00) Four points
Royal London Series
- Monday 11 July: England v South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton, 14:00) Two points
- Friday 15 July: England v South Africa (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol 14:00) Two points
- Monday 18 July: England v South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester, 14:00) Two points
Vitality IT20 Series
- Thursday 21 July: England v South Africa (The Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford, 19:00) Two points
- Saturday 23 July: England v South Africa (New Road, Worcester, 14:30) Two points
- Monday 25 July: England v South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby, 18:30) Two points
The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence will once again host a full England Women’s One-Day International (WODI) match in 2022, with a Royal London WODI against India under the lights in Canterbury on Wednesday, 21 September.
Entry to England vs. India is FREE for all valid 2022 Kent Members & Ticket Bundle holders, and this fixture will count as one day of any Six Pack or Six Pack Plus Ticket Bundle.
Entry to all Kent Women home matches will be FREE for 2022 Members and Ticket Bundle Holders.