fast bowler Mahika Gaur and wicketkeeper-batsman bess heath Has been named in England’s white-ball squad for the first time for the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka later this month, but has not made a comeback for 20 overs. tammy beaumont, Despite his excellent recent form across all formats.
The 17-year-old Gaur got her call-up after a string of eye-catching performances this summer, most recently for Manchester Originals in her debut season of the Women’s Hundred. A left-arm seamer capable of swinging from a high release point, she has previously represented the UAE in 19 T20Is, and was a key member of the Thunder team that reached the Charlotte Edwards Cup final day in June.
Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Heather was part of Northern Diamonds’ 2022 Rachael Hayhoe Flint Trophy-winning squad, scoring a crucial 44 in her innings. Two-run win over Southern Vipers at Lord’s, and scored a further 249 runs at 41.00 in this year’s campaign. He has also featured in all the Northern Superchargers’ 2023 Hundred matches so far, including an unbeaten 10-ball 23 against Trent Rockets last week.
Both Gaur and Heath have been part of the England A set-up in recent seasons, including the recent warm-up match against Australia A ahead of the white-ball phase of this year’s Women’s Ashes.
However, there has been no return to the T20I set-up for one of England’s stars from that Ashes campaign. Beaumont hit a career-best 208 in the one-off Test at Trent Bridge, as well as a crucial match-winning performance in the ODI phase of the series, but despite creating more history last week with a 61-ball 118, he was left behind in the shortest format. Ignored for. For Welsh Fire v Trent RocketsFirst century in the Women’s Hundred.
Another young star in the women’s side, Freya Kemp, has returned to the 20-over squad after recovering from a stress fracture in her back, while fast bowler Lauren Filer – who impressed with her pace on her Ashes Test debut – has been rewarded have been found. His first T20I call-up.
England will be missing several star players during the six white-ball matches. Sophie Ecclestone and Sophia Dunkley are being rested from the entire campaign, which begins at Hove on 31 August and ends at Grace Road on 14 September, while Nat Sciver-Brunt and Danny Wyatt are set to manage their workloads in the T20Is respectively And will miss the ODI phase. ,
England head coach John Lewis said, “We have selected a squad with a good mix of youth and experience and see this as an important series to test the depth of the playing pool.” “We have some exciting, new young players coming in that we look forward to working with.
“Magic [Gaur] A very exciting talent. The left arm swing bowler at over six feet tall is unique in women’s cricket. Mahika has consistently shown she is a threat with the new ball this summer and we are excited to see how she fares at the international level.
“Bess [Heath] An all-action cricketer who impacts games and is a great fit for us and how we want to play. She impressed in the A team games against Australia at the start of the summer and also provides cover for Amy Jones with the gloves.
“With the World Cup coming up next year, it is important that we develop the squad and players can gain international caps and experience.
“The chance to play at venues across the country is exciting. It is great that the opening match against Sri Lanka in Hove is now sold out.
“After an incredible Ashes summer, we want to keep the momentum going on and off the field and are looking forward to getting started.”
Meanwhile, the ECB Development XI will take on Sri Lanka in a warm-up match on Monday, August 28 at Arundel. The squad will be announced once the final three teams to advance to the Hundred are confirmed.
England T20 team Heather Knight (c), Lauren Bell, Maia Boucher, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Lauren Filer, Mahika Gaur, Danielle Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Bess Heath, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Issie Wong, Danni Wyatt
England ODI team Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Ellyse Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Lauren Filer, Mahika Gaur, Danielle Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Bess Heath, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver-Brunt