Maiden ODI call-up for Charlie Dean; Danielle Wyatt returns to 15-member squad

Maiden ODI call-up for Charlie Dean; Danielle Wyatt returns to 15-member squad

Charlie Dean (l) and Danielle Wyatt feature in England's ODI squad against New Zealand. © Getty Images/Women's CricZone

Charlie Dean has received her maiden call-up to England’s ODI squad for the five-match series against New Zealand. Emily Arlott, Fran Wilson and Mady Villiers, who were part of the ODI squad against India, missed out while Danielle Wyatt returned to the 15-member squad the hosts announced on Saturday (September 11).

“We're really looking forward to the (ODI) series,” said Lisa Keightley, England head coach.

“It's a great test for us, and five more important ODIs ahead of the ICC Women's World Cup next year. It's a very busy schedule and we'll need to work hard throughout it to ensure players are in the best position to get through it, and it may well be that we need to manage the group in order to do that.”

Dean was earlier named in the T20I squad as well, though she didn’t get a game in the series England won 2-1. Emma Lamb and Maia Bouchier made their first appearances in the national side. Dean batted in the lower-middle order for London Spirit in the Hundred, having a strike rate of over 125. She picked six wickets in the competition.

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Wyatt, meanwhile, returned to the fifty-overs setup, having been omitted from the series against India. Heather Knight, the England captain, had then insisted that the right-hand opener was still part of their World Cup plans. Wyatt had endured a lean patch in international cricket, crossing the 30-run mark only twice after her ODI ton in December 2019 till the series against India. She then scored an unbeaten 89 in the final T20I against India before having decent returns in the T20Is against New Zealand.

Wilson, who missed out of selection in the T20Is last month, has been left out of ODIs as well. Arlott, too, was left out after receiving her first call-up to the Test and ODI squads against India.

The first ODI, a day/night affair, will be played in Bristol on Thursday.

Squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Natasha Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danielle Wyatt