The England women's selectors have named a 15-strong squad to tour India from February 15th - March 9th 2010. Led by Charlotte Edwards, the squad will play five One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 matches.
Danielle Wyatt, an 18 year from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, has been selected for what will be her debut tour. The promising off-spinner, who has previously represented the England Women's Academy, has been called up to replace Holly Colvin who is currently studying Natural Sciences at Durham University and is unable to tour because of her academic commitments.
Claire Taylor, who is taking a six month break from international cricket, is also unavailable for selection but will be resuming training in February in preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 in April.
Clare Connor, ECB head of women's cricket, said: "The team has had an outstanding year in 2009 but attentions have already turned to what will be a challenging year in 2010. The tour to India will be a real test for the squad and without Claire Taylor and Holly Colvin there are opportunities for other squad members to stake a claim for a place in the side and prove that they are match winners ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in April and the series against New Zealand this summer.
“It is a demanding place to play cricket and the fact that no squad member has ever won a series in India proves just what a challenge the three weeks will be. The girls will be determined to change their losing record in India and come back with wins in both the One Day and Twenty20 series."
1. Charlotte Edwards (capt) - Kent
2. Caroline Atkins - Sussex
3. Tammy Beaumont - Kent
4. Katherine Brunt - Yorkshire
5. Lydia Greenway - Kent
6. Isa Guha - Berkshire
7. Jenny Gunn - Nottinghamshire
8. Danielle Hazell - Yorkshire
9. Laura Marsh - Sussex
10. Beth Morgan - Middlesex
11. Ebony Rainford-Brent - Surrey
12. Nicky Shaw - Surrey
13. Anya Shrubsole - Somerset
14. Sarah Taylor - Sussex
15. Danielle Wyatt - Staffordshire
Feb 15: England squad arrive in Bangalore
Feb 17: warm-up match against KSCA XI, Bangalore
Feb 19: 1st ODI, Bangalore
Feb 22: 2nd ODI, Hyderabad
Feb 24: 3rd ODI, Hyderabad
Feb 27: 4th ODI, Vizag Mar 01: 5th ODI, Vizag
Mar 05: 1st Twenty20, D Y Patil
Mar 07: 2nd Twenty20 Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
Mar 08: 3rd Twenty20 Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
photos Janos Schmidt