Sarah Taylor in action. ©ICC

England kick off their international summer with a series against West Indies starting at Leicester on Thursday. This will be a good indicator in just how likely England will regain the Ashes next month.

Today they named their squad for a three-match ODI series against West Indies who recently toured Ireland.

There were no surprises in the squad named today. England have an eye on ensuring the squad are firing ready for the visit of the Australians. Any opportunity for fringe players to force a way in that side seems to have been reduced.

Heather Knight the England captain will have a full squad at her disposal. The only player unavailable is Georgia Elwiss who continues her rehabilitation from a stress fracture to her lower back. It cut short her tour of India and Sri Lanka.

Knight said, “It’s a massive summer for us and we’re hugely excited to get going.”

On that tour Mark Robinson the England coach got to have a good look at all the contracted players. Sometimes testing conditions the players put a good run of form together.

Sarah Taylor makes a return to the squad and has missed much of the county season with a hip injury.

Tammy Beaumont said of Taylor’s return “It’s always great to have someone like Sarah Taylor in your squad, fighting fit and raring to go. Adding to the class in the batting line up, and obviously with the gloves as well.”

There will be competition for batting places as Fran Wilson and Lauren Winfield will battle it out for that final batting place in the line-up.

Alex Hartley, Laura Marsh and Sophie Ecclestone fill the spinners spots currently. The squad for the T20 series is selected, Linsey Smith and Kirstie Gordon to be vying for a place in the side.

England Squad for West Indies ODI series:

Heather Knight (Berkshire, captain), Tammy Beaumont (Kent), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Kate Cross (Lancashire), Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire), Alex Hartley (Lancashire), Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Laura Marsh (Kent), Nat Sciver (Surrey), Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire), Sarah Taylor (Sussex, wicketkeeper), Fran Wilson (Kent), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danni Wyatt (Sussex).

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