Heather Whelan to lead against England, NZ

Ireland captain Heather Whelan bowls against Pakistan International Cricket Council

Ireland women have announced their squad for the forthcoming tour of England in July, where they will play the hosts, New Zealand and MCC. Medium-pacer Heather Whelan will lead a squad that has a mix of youth and experience.

The bowling attack will be lead by Heather and her sister Jill Whelan, with legspinner Ciara Metcalfe and the Joyce twins, Isobel and Cecelia, handling the spin duties. The batting revolves around the experienced Clare Shillington, the Joyce sisters and Jill Whelan. Allrounders Laura Delany, Kim Garth and pace bowler Louise McCarthy, who were part of the Under-17 European winning team last season, have also been included.

"Wicketkeeper Mary Waldron will make her debut and another new player, exciting batting prospect Sinead Lyons, from Leinster joins the tour party," said coach Paul Delany. "The selection very much reflects current form with all of the new players scoring runs and taking wickets."

Ireland's campaign will begin on July 4 when they take on New Zealand women in an ODI at the Kibworth Cricket Club New Ground.

Squad Heather Whelan (capt), Isobel Joyce (vc), Laura Delany, Kim Garth, Cecelia Joyce, Suzanne Kenealy, Sinead Lyons, Ciara Metcalfe, Louise McCarthy, Clare Shillington, Melissa Scott-Hayward, Mary Waldron (wk) and Jill Whelan.