WOMEN’S WT20 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Gordon, the left-arm spinner from Nottinghamshire, has picked up 29 scalps at an average of 13.24 in T20s this year. © Getty
England have included three uncapped players, Kirstie Gordon, Linsey Smith and Sophia Dunkley in a 15-member squad for the Women World T20 to be held in West Indies in November this year.
“It’s always an exciting time when any England squad is announced but especially when there are three newcomers included,” said coach Mark Robinson on Thursday (October 4). “Sophia, Kirstie and Linsey have all had outstanding summers domestically and impressed when they have been in and around the group. All three will bring something different to the squad.
“Everyone is looking forward to the challenges ahead and we can’t wait to get out there and get started.”
Gordon, the left-arm spinner from Nottinghamshire, has picked up 29 scalps at an average of 13.24 in T20s this year. She also helped Loughborough Lightning reach the final of Women’s Super League this season by bagging 17 wickets at 12.47. The 21-year-old also played for Scotland in the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers last year, taking eight wickets at an average of 14.75.
Smith, another left-arm spinner, who represents Sussex in domestic cricket, snared 11 scalps for Lightning during this season’s Women’s Super League. Her potential first came into the limelight during the 2016 season of Women’s Super League when she took eight scalps at just 11.50 for Southern Vipers.
Dunkley, the Middlesex all-rounder, has compiled 239 runs in T20s this year. She also composed a fine hand of 66 against the Vipers in the Super League. Dunkley also bowls leg-spin.
Meanwhile, Heather Knight will again captain the side. Tammy Beaumont from Kent will be one of the mainstays of the batting line-up, having notched up 376 runs in T20Is this year. Danielle Wyatt, the opener, who has a strike-rate of 162.8 in T20Is in 2018, is also a key member of the side. Natalie Sciver, the Tokyo-born all-rounder, has also been in good nick in T20Is this year with 168 runs to her name.
Sophie Ecclestone (12 wickets this year), the left-arm spinner from Lancashire, and Danielle Hazell, the experienced offspinner, who has 84 T20I scalps will spearhead the bowling attack. The experienced trio of Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole and Jenny Gunn will shoulder the pace-bowling duties.
England, however, will miss the services of Sarah Taylor, the seasoned wicketkeeper-batter, due to a relapse of anxiety issues. With Taylor not being included in the squad, Amy Jones, the 25-year-old from Warwickshire, will be the main wicketkeeper. She has played 24 T20Is and 29 ODIs for her country.
Alex Hartley, Georgia Elwiss and Laura Marsh, who were all part of England’s 50-over World Cup winning side last year, haven’t been selected. Katie George, the left-arm pacer, who took a hat-trick versus India ‘A’ in a practice game this year, also misses out.
England have been slotted in Group A and will open their campaign against Sri Lanka in St Lucia on November 10.
Squad: Heather Knight (c) Katherine Brunt, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Eccelstone, Tash Farrant, Kirstie Gordon, Jenny Gunn, Dani Hazell, Amy Jones (wk), Nat Sciver, Linsey Smith, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont