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Student Beaumont to make England cricket debut
Loughborough student Tamsin Beaumont is set to make her senior England cricket debut after being named in the squad for next months West Indies tour.
The Kent wicketkeeper has won a call-up to the England senior side after shining for the Academy team and will join Loughborough trio Nicky Shaw, Laura Marsh and Lydia Greenway in the 14-strong squad to tour St Kitts from 31 October - 14 November.
18-year-old Beaumont played an important part with the gloves and bat in the England womens Academy matches against an ICC Europe XI in August, and was also instrumental in Kent's unbeaten run of 10 games in the LV= County Championship. Particularly impressive was her 136 opening the batting against Surrey.
The Chemistry and Sports Science student, who has been playing in Kents senior team for three years and first represented England U21s aged 16, is excited about making the step up to the seniors.
I was told I was going up in the team rankings but I didnt expect the call so soon, she said. I thought Id have a few more years before I got selected for the seniors so its quite exciting.
Its good to know Im good enough to be part of the best team in the world and I want to live up to that. Theyre a great bunch of girls so Im really looking forward to it.
England women play West Indies in three ODIs and three Twenty20 matches. The trip provides an ideal opportunity for the team to prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 group stage, taking place in St Kitts early April-May 2010.
England women's head coach Mark Lane said: This year has been incredible for the England women's team.
After two ICC global events and the Ashes they have proved that they are unarguably the best team in the world in all formats of the game.
My job now is to start planning for the 2013 World Cup in India and this trip to the West Indies is the first stage of that four-year process.
England's all-conquering women head to the West Indies as world champions in both the 50-over and 20-over formats