Sarah Taylor missed the ODI series against India. © Getty
Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt are set for their international comeback as England named a 14-member squad for the first-two of the upcoming three ODIs against South Africa. The series will constitute towards Round 2 of the Women’s ODI Championship for both sides, and will be followed by a T20I tri-series, also involving New Zealand.
Brunt, who’d injured her back during her stint in the WBBL, was rested alongside wicketkeeper-bat Taylor for the three-match ODI series against India that wasn’t a part of the Championship structure, and the preceding T20I series.
Also making a comeback are Georgia Elwiss, Laura Marsh and Lauren Winfield while 2017 World Cup winners Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley have been left out. Incidentally, Bryony Smith, who was a part of the squad on the India tour, misses out despite hitting an unbeaten 119 and taking a fifer for Surrey against Essex in their Royal London One-Day Cup encounter on the eve of the selection. Wicketkeeper-bat Amy Jones, who made a career-best 94 on India tour, has retained her spot in the side.
“It should be a really exciting summer against two of the best teams in the world,” head coach Mark Robinson said. “South Africa are an up-and-coming team with some really dangerous players. They pushed us close the last time we met them and we will have to be at our best to beat them.
“It’s obviously great to have Katherine and Sarah back, and Lauren and Laura’s recent form has earned them recalls,” he added.
This series will be first time England play an ODI at home since they lifted the World Cup trophy at Lord’s last July. They played Australia in Round 1 and lost the three-match series 1-2 to the hosts last year.
England squad for first-two ODIs: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wk), Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt,
June 9: First ODI v South Africa, Worcester
June 12: Second ODI v South Africa, Hove
June 15: Third ODI v South Africa, Canterbury