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Cricket - 11. July 2007.

England Women Squad to face New Zealand

England Women Squad to face New Zealand


 

Charlotte Edwards will lead the side which has only one change from the squad that toured India in February. Nicola Shaw returns from injury to take on the vice-captaincy after the retirement of Laura Newton in May.

 

Under the guidance of new Head Coach Mark Dobson, England will contest the series under a brand new management team. Vince Wells has been appointed as Assistant Coach and Jane Morris has been recalled as England Manager.

 

Dobson said: “It’s a very exciting time for me as Head Coach. We have a fine squad of players with a great blend of youth and experience which will be well-led by our inspirational captain Charlotte Edwards.

 

“Vince has been appointed as Assistant Coach. He has an extensive background in professional cricket having captained Leicester for four years. Since retiring he has been coaching at various levels in both men’s and women’s cricket. We played for some years together at Kent and have always maintained a good working relationship throughout our cricketing careers. He’ll be a huge asset to the team and I’m excited about working with him again.”

 

Wells played professionally as an all rounder for Kent County Cricket Club from 1987 to 1991 before joining Leicestershire in 1992. He played at the East Midlands club for 12 seasons, captaining the side for four, before moving north to Durham to finish his playing career. Since retiring he has been one of the coaches working with Kent Academy players as well as assisting with the Kent U15 and U17 squads. He has also helped coach the U15 and U17 Kent women’s sides as well as the Kent senior side.

 

He stated:”I’m really looking forward to joining the women’s set-up. I’ve been really impressed by the standard of the Super 4s this year and also by the ever-improving standard at Kent over the past few years. I’m really excited about working with that ability and improving the players even further, looking ahead to the forthcoming Ashes series and the World Cup in 2009.”

 

Captain Edwards added: “I’m really pleased we’ve shown some consistency within our selection, choosing to keep the same squad that travelled to India. Although it was a disappointing tour, I have a lot of faith that we’ll be able to turn things around this summer against a very strong New Zealand side.

 

“I’m really pleased to welcome Jane back into the fold as England Manager. She’s had a huge amount of experience within England teams and I am thoroughly looking forward to working with her this summer.

 

“It’s a really exciting time for the players, having a whole new invigorated management team with plenty of enthusiasm and new ideas. It’s going to be an enthralling summer and we can’t wait for it to get started.”

 

Squad:

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

COUNTY

Charlotte

 

EDWARDS (C)

KENT

Nicola

 

SHAW (VC)

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Lynsey

 

ASKEW

KENT

 

Caroline

ATKINS

SUSSEX

 

Holly

COLVIN

SUSSEX

 

Lydia

 

GREENWAY

KENT

Isa

 

GUHA

BERKSHIRE

Jennifer

GUNN

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

 

Laura

 

MARSH

SUSSEX

Beth

 

MORGAN

MIDDLESEX

Jane

SMIT

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

 

Sarah

 

TAYLOR

SUSSEX

Claire

 

TAYLOR

BERKSHIRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixtures:

NatWest Women’s International Twenty20 Matches

1st Twenty20 v New Zealand               Sunday August 12       Bath CC          3.30pm start

2nd Twenty20 v New Zealand              Monday August 13      Bath CC          5.30pm start

3rd Twenty20 v New Zealand              Thursday August 17    Taunton           5.40pm start

 

NatWest Women’s Series

1st NatWest ODI                    Friday August 17         Taunton                       10.45am start

2nd NatWest ODI                    Sunday August 19       Stratford-Upon-Avon   10.45am start

3rd NatWest ODI                     Thursday August 23    Derbyshire CCC         2.30pm start

4th NatWest ODI                     Sunday August 26       Blackpool CC              10.45am start

5th NatWest ODI                     Monday August 27      Blackpool CC              10.45am start

6th NatWest ODI                     Thursday August 30    Shenley CC                 10.45am start

 

Sky Sports will televise live the two internationals at Taunton.

 

For further information contact the ECB Communications Department on 0207 4321200

 

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