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Laura Marsh ruled out of Sri Lanka training camp

Friday 17th April 2015

Kent all-rounder Laura Marsh has been ruled out of a 12-day England training camp in Sri Lanka with a hamstring injury.

England vice-captain Heather Knight will lead a 12-strong group of players from across the England women’s cricket pathway in three one-day matches against a Sri Lanka A team on April 23, 26 and 29.

Jodie Dibble (shoulder) and Amy Jones (hamstring) have also been ruled them out of taking part in the camp, which gets underway on Sunday (April 19).

The trio have been replaced by Yorkshire’s Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss (Sussex) and Alex McDonald (Gloucestershire).

The other nine players in the training group remain unchanged from the squad that was announced at the end of last month.

Having enjoyed a successful conversion to bowling off-spin over the last 18 months, Heather Knight returned career-best One Day International figures of 4-47 with her off-breaks during England women’s recent tour against New Zealand.

Speaking ahead of departing for Sri Lanka, Heather Knight said: “I’m really looking forward to the batting and spin bowling training camp in Colombo.

"From a personal perspective, as someone relatively new to slow bowling, there is no better place in the world than Sri Lanka to really immerse myself in the art of bowling spin.

"I am certain that I will learn a lot during the intensive 12-day period that we will spend out there, in addition to further developing my batting in difficult conditions on the subcontinent.

“It is also a brilliant opportunity for some of the younger girls included in the group from across the England women’s cricket pathway to gain some experience of playing in tough, subcontinental conditions – especially with the ICC World Twenty20 taking place in India next year.

“In the short-term the training camp will form a really important part in our preparation for this summer’s Women’s Ashes.”

The players will arrive in Colombo on Sunday (April 19) and will spend just under two weeks training under the guidance of England Women’s Assistant Coach Carl Crowe and EWA Head Coach Lisa Keightley.

Australia take on Englandat The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrencein the Women's Ashes as part of an extended Canterbury Week this summer.

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