Sophie Ecclestone named in England squad for Ashes
Eighteen-year-old left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone, who made her ODI debut last year, has been named in the England women squad as they attempt to regain the Ashes, which begins in Australia on October 22. Ecclestone replaced medium-pacer Beth Langston as the only change to the squad that clinched the Women's World Cup in July this year.
"Sophie Ecclestone has finished school now and has had a great summer domestically," England coach Mark Robinson said. "Her selection will provide another option to our attack."
England leave for Brisbane on October 7 for the multi-format series that starts with three ODIs. That will be followed by a day-night Test in Sydney, before the tour concludes with three T20Is.
"Ashes tours don't come around all too often, so it's always a special opportunity," England captain Heather Knight said. "Australia are going to be very strong opponents on their home soil, so we'll have to be at our best, across all three formats."
England women squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Nat Sciver, Sarah Taylor (wk), Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt