Report by Emily Cohen
In the buzz of the recent World cup win, England today announced the 18-woman squad for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 series. This faster paced, shorter game is sure to attract a wider range of supporters than the traditional game, and cricket has seen a huge increase in viewers since the launch of the T20 game in 2003. England have been tipped as “the team to beat”, currently holding both the ashes and the world cup.
The England squad will be captained by Charlotte Edwards, who lead the team to success in the World Cup. The rest of the world cup squad will be joined by Rosalie Birch of Sussex, Georgia Elwiss of Staffordshire and Danielle Hazell of Yorkshire to make up the 18-strong team.
The side contains 4 of the top 20 ODI batswomen (Edwards, Atkins, C.Taylor, S. Taylor) and 6 of the top 20 ODI bowlers (Colvin, Guha, Gunn, Brunt, Shaw, Marsh). With such a strong team being put forward, England look to be in with a good chance of taking the third championship in a year.
Edwards is excited for the opportunity to promote women’s cricket, as entry to both the semi-finals and finals will be included with the same ticket as the men’s. They will be played on the same day, same venue, which should bring more interest to the women’s game. She said “This tournament offers the greatest chance ever to promote women’s cricket”.
This promises to be an exciting season, with everything to play for.
The Squad: Charlotte Edwards, Caroline Atkins, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Lydia Greenway, Lauren Griffiths, Isa Guha, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Beth Morgan, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, Nicola Shaw, Anya Shrubsole, Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Rosalie Birch, Georgia Elwiss, Danielle Hazell.