The T20I series between England and West Indies starts tomorrow and England have finally named their squad. There is little change from the squad that beat West Indies so convincingly during the ODI series. England won 3-0 during the series that concluded at Chelmsford on Thursday.
There is only one significant change from that side. Bryony Smith makes way for Linsey Smith, the Sussex left-arm spinner. Bryony Smith may count herself unlucky having bowled so well on her ODI debut. As a potentially destructive batter as well, Smith will no doubt be knocking on the door soon.
Smith of Sussex, as opposed to the Smith of Surrey, was an integral of the England side that finished runners up in last year’s ICC World T20.
It was a good year for Smith having impressed for Loughborough Lightning. During that tournament, Kirstie Gordon and Sophia Dunkley played their part in the T20 format. Both find themselves out of the squad for this current series.
With the domestic T20 cup is taking place now means that they will be likely possible replacements should there be any injuries.
It is clear that England have identified the players they think will give them the best chance of winning the Ashes. The Australians arrive soon. This is an England side that will wait until after that series to start experimenting.
Both Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver are back into the squad. England are aiming to break their record of games won in a row. They are currently unbeaten in 13 games in all formats. One more win will do the job. Although they will be wary of West Indies capability in the shortest format.
Squad: Heather Knight (Berkshire, captain), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Kate Cross (Lancashire), Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire), Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Laura Marsh (Kent), Nat Sciver (Surrey), Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire), Linsey Smith (Sussex), Sarah Taylor (Sussex, wicket-keeper), Fran Wilson (Kent), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danni Wyatt (Sussex).