England news June 10, 2013

Three uncapped players for England

ESPNcricinfo staff

England have named three uncapped players in their squad for the women's one-day and Twenty20 series against Pakistan.

Natasha Farrant, a 17-year-old left-arm seamer from Kent, Surrey's allrounder Natalie Sciver and Yorkshire's Lauren Winfield, a wicketkeeper, have received their first call-ups for the matches that begin on July 1.

England will be without three senior players who are currently recovering from injury. Katherine Brunt, the player of the year, is not yet fit after the foot injury she picked up at the World Cup, Holly Colvin broke a thumb playing league cricket and Laura Marsh is still recovering from shoulder surgery. The trio will now aim to be ready for the Ashes series later in the season.

In the absence of Brunt, Anya Shrubsole will have the responsibility of leading the attack while the series will give England a chance to assess the strength of their squad players before facing Australia.

The visit of Pakistan will be the first series for England's new high performance manager, Paul Shaw, who has taken on an expanded role after the previous head coach, Mark Lane, stood down last month.

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  • zenboomerang on June 14, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @cricinfo... Still no story on why Mark Lane stood down just before the Ashes start?...

    Surely a story within itself !...

    Anyway, good luck to both teams - with its very promising multi-format combination to decide the winner - should be fun to follow the series...

  • zenboomerang on June 14, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight... Been a proud supporter myself & my family of the women's game... In Oz in recent times (Rose Bowl) the games have been held in Sydney & Melb but not to big audiences... Also the games used to be broadcast on the ABC TV which was great for fans in other States or those in the country, but that was dropped... Not sure what the cricketing boards are really doing to improve the game, but at least in Oz there has been a dramatic increase in numbers playing both within their own league & playing in the general grades... Watch out for Holly Ferling - a great young talent that looks very promising for Oz...

  • Cyril_Knight on June 10, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    I love the women's game (actually just Danni Wyatt) and would love to attend more matches. The ECB seem determined to make this impossible. If the game is to expand, it needs spectators. The matches must be played in London or at least in another big city. I will be at Lord's for the Australia match there, I can guarantee that the attendance for this match will be greater than all the others combined.

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