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Maia Bouchier, Charlie Dean called into England T20I squad to face New Zealand

Southern Vipers duo the only additions to group which defeated India 2-1 in July T20I series

Valkerie Baynes
Valkerie Baynes
24-Aug-2021
Maia Bouchier plays to the leg side, Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Southern Vipers vs Northern Diamonds, Edgbaston, September 27, 2020

Maia Bouchier has won a maiden England call-up  •  Getty Images

Maia Bouchier and Charlie Dean have earned maiden call-ups to the England Women's squad for next month's three-match T20I series against New Zealand.
The Southern Vipers duo, who played for Southern Brave and London Spirit respectively in the Hundred, are the only additions to the group which defeated India 2-1 in their T20I series in July.
Bouchier, a middle-order batter, scored an unbeaten half-century in her last outing of the Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 competition before scoring 92 runs in seven innings during the Hundred at an average of 30.66 and with a strike rate of 143.75.
Allrounder Dean claimed a wicket and scored 22 as part of an England A team which beat New Zealand by four wickets in a 50-over match on Monday, the visitors' first warm-up match of their tour.
Sophia Dunkley continues her breakthrough season, retaining her place in the T20I squad after finishing as the Hundred's third-highest run-scorer and making Test and ODI fifties during India's recent tour of England. Danni Wyatt, who scored a series-sealing 89 not out in the final T20I of that tour after being overlooked for the other two legs, was also included in the squad to face New Zealand.
Lauren Winfield-Hill and Kate Cross both miss out again, while England have not been tempted to pick 17-year-old allrounder Alice Capsey despite her exploits for Oval Invincibles in their late charge to the Hundred title.
Lisa Keightley, England Women's head coach, praised the revamped domestic structure in England and Wales for creating a deeper talent pool from which to select international players, beyond those on central contracts with the ECB.
"We're looking at more players than ever before, which is so exciting," Keightley said. "The fact that so many other players are sticking their hand up and pushing for selection is testament to the progress the domestic structure is allowing the women's game to make.
"We're seeing improvements across the board, and there were a number of young English players who also shone in The Hundred, which bodes really well for the future. This is another big series for us, and I want the team to continue from where they left off in the series win over India."
The T20I series against New Zealand begins on September 1 at Chelmsford, followed by fixtures at Hove and Taunton with five ODIs after that, for which England are yet to name a squad.
Elsewhere, the ECB have confirmed the venues for the remaining women's domestic finals. The Ageas Bowl will host the play-off and final of the Charlotte Edwards Cup on September 5, with the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final staged at Wantage Road in Northampton on September 25.
Fixtures:
Wednesday, September 1: 1st T20I, Chelmsford
Saturday, September 4: 2nd T20I, Hove
Thursday, September 9: 3rd T20I, Taunton

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo