Kate Cross has been called up to the England women's squad for the Twenty20 series and Ashes Test against Australia women.

After performing well for the academy last summer, Cross, the Lancashire pace bowler, has been asked to join the squad ahead of the first Twenty20 in Adelaide on Wednesday.

She has been hauled into the squad following the loss of Beth Morgan and Claire Taylor through injury and is thoroughly looking forward to her chance to impress.

"I'm really looking forward to joining the squad out in Australia, playing over there for your country is something you always dream about," she said.

"The call up came as a bit of a surprise, but it's a fantastic opportunity and breaking into the England women's squad is something I have been working hard towards over the last 18 months.

"I hope to gain experience from touring with some of the senior players and if I get the opportunity to play I will certainly make the most of it."