England Women's Squad For One-off Test vs South Africa Announced
England women's team. (Credits: Twitter)

England Women’s National Cricket Team have announced a 13-member squad for a one-off Test match against South Africa Women’s National Cricket Team, which will be played from June 27 at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.

Several new names have been included in England Women’s National Cricket Team for the Test game against South Africa Women’s National Cricket Team and there are five potential Test debutants including the likes of Emily Arlott, Lauren Bell, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies and Emma Lamb.

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Along with a one-off Test match, England and South Africa will be playing a three-match One Day International (ODI) series and a three-match T20 International (T20I) series with four points available for Test game and two points available for each white-ball game.

While talking about the England squad, head coach Lisa Keightley said that the new faces in the squad bring a “real level of energy and enthusiasm”. Lisa 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, naturally, we’re looking forward with one eye on who may be a key player for us come 2025.”

We need our players to play as much cricket as possible – Lisa Keightley

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England Women’s Cricket Team. Image Credits: AFP

Lisa Keightley further said that a few spots in the bowling department have opened up with the retirement of a few players and new players are excited to fill those spots. Lisa elaborated:

“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.”

Meanwhile, England Women’s A squad have also been announced for the three-day fixture against South Africa, which will begin on Tuesday, June 21. England Women’s A team will be led by Georgia Elwiss, and John Stanworth will be the head coach.

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England Women’s Squads For South Africa Series

England Women’s Test squad: Heather Knight (C), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver, Travelling reserve: Issy Wong.

England Women’s A Squad: Georgia Elwiss (C), Maia Bouchier, Danni Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Freya Kemp, Eve Jones, Ella McCaughan, Kalea Moore, Tara Norris, Grace Potts, Grace Scrivens, Alexa Stonehouse, Mady Villiers, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt.

England Women v South Africa Women Schedule

LV= Insurance Test Match

Monday, June 27-Thursday June 30: England v South Africa (Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton)

Royal London Series

Monday, July 11: England v South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton)

Friday, July 15: England v South Africa (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol)

Monday, July 18: England v South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester)

Vitality IT20 Series

Thursday, July 21: England v South Africa (The Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford)

Saturday, July 23: England v South Africa (New Road, Worcester)

Monday, July 25: England v South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby)

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