Uncapped trio included in England training squad
The uncapped trio of Isabelle Wong, Emma Lamb and Lauren Bell have been included in England’s 24-member squad that will resume training on Monday (June 22). The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on the list on Thursday (June 18), announcing that the players will train individually across six venues before progressing to training in small groups.
The board further that announced that squads for specific formats will be named in due course once future series are confirmed. The ECB are currently in talks with both the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Cricket South Africa about hosting a tri-series in September.
All the members of England’s squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 have been included in the training group announced, while Sophia Dunkley, Alice Davidson-Richards, Bryony Smith, Linsey Smith, Katie George and Kirstie Gordon, who have all been in and around the England squad are also part of the group.
The trio of Bell, Wong and Lamb have been part of the England Academy squad for a while now, and shown great promise through their performances in the pathway systems and for their respective Women’s Cricket Super League teams. Both Bell and Wong as fast bowlers, while Lamb is an off-spinning allrounder.
Lamb was one of the bright spots in what was an otherwise disappointing season for Lancashire Thunder in the final season of the WCSL. The allrounder scored 115 runs at a strike rate close to 140, while also picking up 10 wickets. In April this year she was awarded an England rookie contract for her consistent performances over the year.
The pair of Bell and Wong turned out for Southern Vipers in the WCSL, showing great promise. Bell, a right-arm seamer, took eight wickets for the 2019 tournament runner’s-up, forming a successful partnership with Natasha Farrant. Wong, on the other hand, who played only three matches in the season, impressed with her raw pace. At only 17, she is considered one of the brightest young fast bowlers coming through the ranks.
The players will be expected to train under the same medical guidelines and bio-secure conditions that were in place for the men’s team.
The National Performance Centre, Loughborough; Emerald Headingley, Yorkshire; The Kia Oval, London; Bristol County Ground, Bristol; Chester Boughton Hall CC, Lancashire; and the 1st Central County Ground, Hove are the venues where the players will train.
“We remain hopeful of playing cricket this summer and it’s exciting for this group of players to be able to return to training,” said Jonathan Finch, England Director of Women’s Cricket. “We’ve had great support from the First-Class counties with the use of their venues, and we’re grateful to them for that, and hopefully this is one step closer towards England Women returning to the field this summer.”
Training squad: Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards , Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Katie George, Sarah Glenn, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Linsey Smith, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt.