Emily Arlott, Lauren Bell among five newcomers in England Test squad


Lauren Bell and Emily Arlott Got Maiden Test Calls

Lauren Bell and Emily Arlott got their first test call © Getty

Following the retirement of experienced pace forerunners Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt, England Women have handed first test calls to fast bowling duo Emily Arlott and Lauren Bell ahead of the one-off game against South Africa, which starts in Taunton on June 27, to compete in the multi format tour to kick off.

Capped off in white-ball cricket, pacer Freya Davies and all-rounder duo Alice Davidson-Richards and Emma Lamb may also be lining up for their first appearance in white after being included in the 13-man shortlist.

20-year-old fast bowling sensation Issy Wong, who has already had a WBBL stint under her belt, has been listed as the traveling reserve.

Squad England Women: Heather Knight (C), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones (week), Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver (VC),

Travel reserve: Issy Wong

Shrubsole made time for her 14-year international career after finishing second at the 2022 ODI World Cup, while Brunt retired from red ball cricket last week ahead of the new season.

Five game veteran opener Lauren Winfield-Hill, who was dropped from the World Cup XI after a string of low scores, is now relegated to England A squad alongside uncapped-in-Tests lead-off hitter Danni Wyatt. The A-team will play a three-day game against the tourists that starts on Tuesday (June 21) in Arundel. The squad, with nine uncapped players, is captained by Georgia Elwiss and led by England Head Coach John Stanworth.

“There are some new faces in the squad, which brings a real level of energy and enthusiasm,” said England head coach Lisa Keightley. “We are at the beginning of a new ICC Women’s Championship cycle, which starts for us with the ODIs in India, and it is natural to look ahead with one eye at who could be a key player for us in 2025.

“As with Katherine Brunt who retired from Test cricket and Anya Shrubsole of all forms of the international game, there are a number of bowling spots that have become vacant which is extremely exciting for those players. I’m sure they are all very happy to have their chance.

“We need to strike a balance between having the right backup for the senior team while providing playing opportunities. We need our players to play as much cricket as possible, that’s why we have an intentionally small test team while the England Women’s A team are in action against South Africa.

“It’s really been a huge summer, with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, and we can’t wait to get started with the red ball in Taunton.”

Four series points are up for grabs in the lone test of the series, which will be followed by three ODIs and plenty of T20Is all of which are two-pointers.



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