England vice-captain Anya Shrubsole has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against West Indies due to a side strain. But she is working towards being fit for the final three matches of the series, which begin from October 14 in Kingston and count towards the Women's Championship. England are at third, with nine wins from 15 games.
Shrubsole picked up the injury playing a warm-up match against a Jamaican representative XI on Thursday. The 24-year old seamer had been named England's player of the year for 2015. She is also No. 9 on the ICC bowlers' rankings in ODIs.
"Anya Shrubsole is a world class cricketer and our vice-captain, so of course we want her fit and helping the team to win matches for England," England women's coach Mark Robinson said. "But her absence from the first two matches here in Montego Bay creates an opportunity for someone else to put their hand up and show what they can do. The squad is ready and raring to go tomorrow."
The top four teams from the Women's championship gain direct entry into the 2017 World Cup. Australia have already qualified. West Indies are at second place with 10 wins from 15 games.