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Kent quartet in England Women’s World T20 squad

Wednesday 17th February 2016

Women

A quartet of Kent players were named in England’s 15-player squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20, which will be played alongside the men’s competition in India next month.

Charlotte Edwards will captain the side, which includes her Kent team-mate Natasha Farrant (pictured above), who has been called-up for an ICC world event for the first time.

Farrant, a young left-arm seamer, arrived in Johannesburg on Sunday (14February) to join the England women’s squad to play the three-match T20 International series against South Africa, which starts on Thursday (18February) in Paarl.

After the disappointment of missing out on selection for the last ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in 2014, she says she is now fitter, stronger and excited by the challenge of playing in a world cup.

Kent batswomen Lydia Greenway and Tammy Beaumont join the duo to complete the quartet.

England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson, said:“We are all looking forward to testing ourselves against the very best cricketers from across the world and playing the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in a cricket-mad country.

"It will be a great experience for all of the players selected – both those who have had this opportunity before, and for the likes of Tash Farrant, selected for an ICC global event for the first time.

"Tash really impressed during England women’s training camp to Sri Lanka before Christmas last year, and adds a different dimension to the bowling attack as a left-arm seamer.”

The 19-year-old will join a seam bowling attack that will be spearheaded by the experienced new ball pairing of Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire) and Somerset’s Anya Shrubsole.

Shrubsole will be hoping to build on her impressive performance in the 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, when she took 13 wickets and was named as player of the tournament.

Brunt, who has returned home from England women’s current tour in South Africa due to injury, is expected to be fit in time for the start of the tournament in March.

England’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 campaign will get underway on Thursday 17March, when they take on Bangladesh in Bangalore.

England’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 squad in full:

Name

County

Twenty20 International Caps (as of 17.2.16)

Charlotte Edwards (captain)

Kent

87

Tammy Beaumont

Kent

33

Katherine Brunt

Yorkshire

50

Georgia Elwiss

Sussex

9

Natasha Farrant

Kent

7

Lydia Greenway

Kent

80

Rebecca Grundy

Warwickshire

8

Jenny Gunn

Nottinghamshire

84

Danielle Hazell

Yorkshire

63

Amy Jones

Warwickshire

9

Heather Knight (vice-captain)

Berkshire

26

Natalie Sciver

Surrey

28

Anya Shrubsole

Somerset

39

Sarah Taylor

Sussex

73

Danielle Wyatt

Nottinghamshire

59

England’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 Fixtures:

Opposition

Date

Venue

Bangladesh

17.3.16

M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

India

22.3.16

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

West Indies

24.3.16

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Pakistan

27.3.16

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 Knock-Out Stage Fixtures:

Opposition

Date

Venue

Semi-Final 1*

30.3.16

Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi

Semi-Final 2*

31.3.16

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Final*

3.3.16

Eden Gardens, Kolkata