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Essex's Mady Villiers earns maiden England Women's call-up

Mady Villiers in action for England Academy Getty Images

Essex's Mady Villiers has earned her first call-up to the England Women's squad for the T20Is against Australia, as they look to save face after surrendering the Ashes in last week's drawn Test in Taunton.

Villiers, 20, made an unbeaten half-century for England's Academy in the Australians' Test warm-up match, and impressed with her resolve after coming in at No.9 to a scoreline of 89 for 8 at Marlborough.

She is the only new face in a 15-player squad, as England - currently 8-2 down in the multi-format Ashes - seek the 3-0 clean sweep in the T20s that would allow them to claim a share of the series.

Captain Heather Knight said: "It's almost like a one-off IT20 series and we need to give it everything across these last three matches.

"We came back strongly in Australia in 2017 and it would feel very different if we ended up at 8-8. That has to be our aim now and we want to finish strongly."

The first of the three T20Is takes place in Chelmsford on Friday.

England squad Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Mady Villiers, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt