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Tammy Beaumont to skipper England Women’s Academy squad in Dubai versus Australian side

Thursday 12th March 2015

Women

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a 14-player England Women’s Academy (EWA) squad to play four 50-over matches and two Twenty20s against their Australian equivalents – the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars – in the UAE next month.

Kent Cricket Academy graduate Tammy Beaumont will lead an experienced EWA touring party which also includes and county colleague Natasha Farrant.

The squad also includes Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire) and Amy Jones (Warwickshire) from England women’s successful tour to New Zealand last month, alongside 2014 Women’s Ashes winner Georgia Elwiss (Sussex).

In addition to the players targeting a permanent spot in the England women’s team, the EWA squad for Dubai also includes five exciting prospects, who will be looking to make a positive impression: Staffordshire duo Stephanie Butler and Evelyn Jones, leg-spinner Alex Hartley (Middlesex), all-rounder Alex MacDonald (Gloucestershire) and Somerset’s Sophie Luff.

Commenting on the EWA squad and the purpose of the tour, ECB’s Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “The EWA tour to Dubai presents a very exciting opportunity for this group of players to gain some valuable experience of playing in overseas conditions against tough opposition.

“Ahead of the Women’s Ashes this summer, the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2016, and the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017, it is criticalthat we expose ourmost talented youngplayers to as many high pressure cricket situations as possible.

“This six-match series against the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Starsis designed to dojustthat,andit’swhy we’ve selected a strong squad, which contains a blend of contractedEngland women’splayersalongsideuncapped players suchas Stephanie Butler and EvelynJones.

“With the Women’s Ashesfast approaching, I am certain that every one of the 14playerswill grab this opportunityto stake a claim fora place in theEngland women’s Ashes squad this summer.”

EWA Head Coach, Lisa Keightley will oversee the two-week long tour from March 30 – April 13, with England Women’s Assistant Coach and former England cricketer, David Capel, providing further coaching support to the players.

The entire series will be played at the ICC Academy in Dubai, with the four 50-over matches being played on April 2, 4, 6 and 8, followed by the two Twenty20s on April 11 and 12.

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

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England Women’s Academy Squad for Dubai:

Name

County

Tammy Beaumont+* (capt)

Kent

Stephanie Butler

Staffordshire

Jodie Dibble*

Devon

Georgia Elwiss+* (vice-captain)

Sussex

Natasha Farrant+*

Kent

Alex Hartley

Middlesex

Amy Jones+*

Warwickshire

Evelyn Jones

Staffordshire

Beth Langston*

Essex

Sophie Luff

Somerset

Alex MacDonald

Gloucestershire

Sonia Odedra*

Berkshire

Fran Wilson*

Middlesex

Lauren Winfield+*

Yorkshire