Last updated on June 28th, 2023 at 09:06 AM
In a captivating development, England Women have unveiled their squad for the upcoming Vitality IT20 Women’s Ashes series against arch-rivals Australia.
Notably, Danielle Gibson, the dynamic all-rounder from Western Storm, has earned her maiden call-up for the highly-anticipated IT20 clash.
Gibson had previously joined the England squad as a reserve during the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and was also part of the Ashes Test squad named earlier this month.
Joining Gibson in the squad are familiar faces who showcased their skills during the T20 World Cup in February. Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sarah Glenn, and Lauren Winfield-Hill have all made the cut, bolstering the team’s depth and experience.
Another player making a well-deserved return is Issy Wong, who was left out of the World Cup squad but recently demonstrated her mettle in the England Women A T20 matches against Australia A. Wong’s stellar performances have earned her a recall, adding an extra layer of excitement to the squad.
Led by the astute Heather Knight, England’s formidable outfit will face Australia in three exhilarating encounters. The battles will take place at Edgbaston on Saturday, July 1, followed by the Kia Oval on Wednesday, July 5, and culminating at Lord’s on Saturday, July 8. Each match will carry immense significance, with two points up for grabs in the intriguing Ashes contest.
Meanwhile, the England Women A team, riding high on their recent triumphs with three consecutive T20 victories over Australia A, have revealed their squad for the opening 50-over fixture against the Australian counterparts at Loughborough today. Grace Scrivens will lead the side in this 50-over campaign, showcasing her leadership prowess.
Speaking about the upcoming IT20 clashes, head coach Jon Lewis expressed his excitement, saying, “We are eagerly anticipating the IT20s, which are set to be the next chapter in our enthralling Ashes Series.
Several members of the squad have showcased exceptional performances for England A in the shorter format matches, and it’s wonderful to have them back with us.”
Lewis further highlighted the inclusion of Danielle Gibson, remarking on her exceptional form at the regional level and the potential impact she can make whenever called upon.
He also emphasized the return of Issy Wong to the T20 squad, acknowledging her success with the Mumbai Indians in the Women’s Premier League and expressing eagerness to witness her growth and progress from those experiences.
With the stage set for this high-stakes clash, cricket enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting these three gripping encounters, anticipating an exhibition of skill and passion from both sides.
England Women Vitality IT20 Women’s Ashes squad
Heather Knight (captain, Western Storm)
Lauren Bell (Southern Vipers)
Maia Bouchier (Southern Vipers)
Alice Capsey (South East Stars)
Kate Cross (Thunder)
Freya Davies (South East Stars)
Charlie Dean (Southern Vipers)
Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars)
Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder)
Danielle Gibson (Western Storm)
Sarah Glenn (The Blaze)
Amy Jones (Central Sparks)
Nat Sciver-Brunt (vice-captain, The Blaze)
Issy Wong (Central Sparks)
Lauren Winfield-Hill (Northern Diamonds)
Danielle Wyatt (Southern Brave)
England Women’s A Fixtures
Wednesday 28 June: 1st ODI, England Women A v Australia A, Haselgrave Loughborough, 11am
Friday 30 June: 2nd ODI, England Women A v Australia A, Haselgrave, Loughborough, 11am
Sunday 2 July: 3rd ODI, England Women A v Australia A, Guildford CCC, 11am
Women’s Ashes Fixtures
Saturday July 1: 1st Vitality IT20, Edgbaston, Birmingham 6.30pm (2 points)
Wednesday July 5: 2nd Vitality IT20, The Kia Oval, London 6.30pm (2 points)
Saturday July 8: 3rd Vitality IT20, Lord’s, London 9.10am (2 points)
Wednesday 12 July: 1st We Got Game ODI, Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol 1pm (2 points)
Sunday 16 July: 2nd We Got Game ODI, Ageas Bowl, Southampton, 11am (2 points)
Tuesday 18 July: 3rd We Got Game ODI, Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, 11am (2 points)
England Women A squad to take on Australia in their opening 50-over fixture
Georgia Adams (Southern Vipers)
Hollie Armitage (Northern Diamonds)
Hannah Baker (Central Sparks)
Alice Davidson-Richards (South East Stars)
Kirstie Gordon (The Blaze)
Eva Gray (Sunrisers)
Bess Heath (Northern Diamonds)
Ryana MacDonald-Gay (South East Stars)
Paige Scholfield (South East Stars)
Grace Scrivens (captain, Sunrisers)
Bryony Smith (vice-captain, South East Stars)
Linsey Smith (Southern Vipers)
Mady Villiers (Sunrisers)