Alice Capsey, Kate Cross return in England's squad for T20 World Cup

England announced a 15-member squad for T20 World Cup to be held in South Africa.

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Alice Capsey

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Teenager Alice Capsey was named in England’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in South Africa. Kate Cross, who last played a T20 international in December 2019 is also part of the squad. 

Head Coach John Lewis said, "It's always exciting to name a World Cup squad, and there's a great deal of talent in this group. We saw a lot of good things in the West Indies, a lot of progress around shifting our mindset as a team, and I'm excited to see how we take that into the challenge of a global tournament.” 

After a disappointing Commonwealth Games campaign where they finished short of a podium finish, England brushed off the upset and clean swept the series in the Caribbean. It was Jon Lewis's maiden series as the head coach after he replaced former coach Lisa Keightley. 

Capsey suffered a collarbone injury during the tour of the West Indies in December 2022 and could not take part in any series. "We hope Alice is fit enough, she's worked incredibly hard alongside the medical staff to get to this point and we'll give her every chance, but as we saw in the Caribbean the depth of talent and skill in the squad is growing fast and winning tournaments is about everyone collectively embracing the moment and enjoying the journey,” added head coach Lewis.

Meanwhile, Issy Wong, who was part of England's Commonwealth Games squad and Dani Gibson will be part of the squad as travelling reserves.

The Heather Knight-led squad will play three games against New Zealand before their official ICC warm-up matches. They are placed in Group B with India, Ireland, Pakistan, and the West Indies. The former champions will begin their campaign on February 11 against the West Indies at Paarl.        

England Squad for T20 World Cup 2023

Heather Knight (c), Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt

Travelling Reserves: Issy Wong, Dani Gibson

England's T20 World Cup Fixtures

February 11: England Women v West Indies, Paarl, 1 pm (4:30 pm IST)

February 13: England Women v Ireland, Paarl, 1 pm (4:30 pm IST)

February 18: England vs India, Gqeberha, 1 pm (4:30 pm IST)

February 21: England vs Pakistan, Cape Town,  1 pm (4:30 pm IST)

February 23 & February 24: ICC Women's T20 World Cup Semi-Finals, 1 pm (4:30 pm IST)

February 26: ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final, 1 pm (4:30 pm IST)