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Capsey, Davidson-Richards cut from England Test squad

Freya Kemp returns from injury in the England A squad and 17-year-old Mahika Gaur has been called up

Valkerie Baynes
Valkerie Baynes
20-Jun-2023
Alice Capsey's 38 off 24 sealed victory, England vs India, 3rd T20I, Bristol, September 15, 2022

Alice Capsey won't be part of the Ashes Test at Trent Bridge  •  PA Images via Getty Images

Alice Capsey will have to wait to make her Test debut, while Freya Kemp makes a return to international action from injury after both were named in the England Women A squad for their first T20 against Australia A.
Capsey and fellow allrounder Alice Davidson-Richards, who made her Test debut against South Africa at Taunton last year where she scored a century, were trimmed from England's Test squad ahead of the Ashes opener at Trent Bridge from Thursday and instead selected for Wednesday's T20 at Loughborough.
Kemp, the 18-year-old allrounder, returned early from England's tour of the Caribbean in December with a back stress fracture. She returned in a batting-only role for Southern Vipers in the Charlotte Edwards Cup earlier this month.
Kemp earned her international debut during the last English summer and soon made her mark against India by becoming the youngest England player, male or female, to make a T20I half-century. She went on to be named the Women's Young Player of the Year by both the PCA and the Cricket Writers' Club, and was awarded an England central contract.
Davidson-Richards played for the England A side which pushed Australia in last week's drawn red-ball warm-up over three days. Led by centuries from Lauren Winfield-Hill and Paige Scholfield, England A reached 562 in their only innings after bowling Australia out for 284 in their first innings. Both have been named in the England A squad for the first T20.
Capsey, meanwhile, played for the England side which amassed 650 runs - including 510 in a day with Tammy Beaumont retiring on 201 - before drawing with Australia A.
Mahika Gaur, the 17-year-old allrounder who has represented UAE at Under-19 level and plays regional cricket for Thunder, trained with the senior England group during their preparation camps earlier this month and was also selected for England A alongside Bryony Smith of South East Stars and Southern Vipers' Linsey Smith.
England A, coached by Jon Batty, will play Australia A in three T20s on June 21, 23 and 25 followed by three 50-over matches on June 28 and 30 and July 2.
England Women Head of Performance Pathways, Richard Bedbrook said: "The A-side pushed the full Australian team hard during the three-day warm up and with a number of quality individual performances, we're very excited to continue competing across the T20 format against the Australian A-side."
England Women's A squad for first T20: Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Mahika Gaur, Sarah Glenn, Bess Heath, Freya Kemp, Paige Scholfield, Bryony Smith, Linsey Smith, Lauren Winfield-Hill.
England Women's Test Squad: Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Filer, Danielle Gibson, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Issy Wong, Danielle Wyatt

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor, women's cricket, at ESPNcricinfo