Surrey Women players Sophia Dunkley & Nat Sciver have been named in England squad for the upcoming Ashes series starting in Australia in January.
They will be joined by Alice Capsey & Bryony Smith, who are part of the England ‘A’ squad to shadow the senior group on the tour.
Dunkley is set for her first multi-format tour overseas after debuting in the England Test & ODI sides in 2021. The Lambeth-born all-rounder has now played 30 times for her country, scoring 379 runs across one Test, eight ODIs and 21 T20Is.
Sciver is set for her third Ashes tour of Australia after being part of the victorious 2014 and 2017 series and will be vice-captain of the group on this tour.
17-year-old Capsey has capped an exceptional year with her first call-up to an England A squad. Capsey won The Hundred and Charlotte Edwards Cup with Oval Invincibles and South East Stars respectively in 2021 before being named PCA Women’s Player of the Year and Cricket Writers’ Emerging Cricketer of the Year and receiving her first professional contract with the South East Stars.
Smith has also had a strong 2021, captaining South East Stars to the Charlotte Edwards Cup trophy in the absence of Tash Farrant and scoring 551 runs across List A & T20 cricket. Should she receive the call-up to the senior squad, she will be looking to make her first England appearance since June 2019.
They are joined in the squads by Freya Davies (Ashes), Tash Farrant (Ashes) & Alice Davidson-Richards (A).
Head Coach Lisa Keightley said: “It’s always exciting to head to Australia to take on the challenge of winning the Ashes and we’re really looking forward to going out there and making some memories as a team.
“This is the first time we’ve taken an England Women’s A squad alongside the senior team, which is a big step forward for us. It gives us great depth, and provides so much competition for places. It’s also an invaluable development opportunity for those players pushing for senior selection.
“Similarly, it’s also a good chance to get more 50-over cricket under our belts ahead of our defence of the ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
“We’ve got a nice blend of experienced pros and youngsters, and it’s a trip we’ve been preparing for since the end of our summer. A multi-format series is a great test of all our skills, and we can’t wait to get out there.”
England Women’s Ashes Squad
Heather Knight (C)
Freya Davies (South East Stars)
Sophia Dunkley (South East Stars)
Tash Farrant (South East Stars)
Nat Sciver (VC)
England Women’s A Squad
Alice Capsey (South East Stars)
Alice Davidson-Richards (South East Stars)
Bryony Smith (South East Stars)
Women’s Ashes Fixtures
Thursday January 27-30: Only Test Match, Canberra, 12am GMT (4 points)
Friday February 4: 1st IT20, Sydney, 9.10am (2 points)
Sunday February 6: 2nd IT20, Sydney, 9.10am (2 points)
Thursday February 10: 3rd IT20, Adelaide, 9.10am (2 points)
Sunday February 13: 1st ODI, Adelaide, 12.05am (2 points)
Wednesday February 16: 2nd ODI, Melbourne, 12.05am (2 points)
Saturday February 19: 3rd ODI, Melbourne, 12.05am (2 points)
England Women’s A Fixtures
Wednesday January 26: 1st T20, England Women A v Australia A
Friday January 28: 2nd T20, England Women A v Australia A
Sunday January 30: 3rd T20, England Women A v Australia A
Saturday February 5: 1st 50-over match, England Women A v Australia A
Wednesday February 9: 2nd 50-over match, England Women A v Australia A
Friday February 11: 3rd 50-over match, England Women A v Australia A
Monday January 17-19: Three-Day Warm-Up, England Women’s XI v England Women’s A
Saturday January 22-23: Two-Day Warm-Up, England Women’s XI v England Women’s A
Wednesday February 2: Governor General’s XI v England, Sydney