Sophie Ecclestone named in England ODI squad
Lancashire Thunder bowler Sophie Ecclestone has been named in a 15-strong England women’s touring party for the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies in Jamaica next month.
The squad includes two uncapped players at this level: 17-year-old left-arm spinner, Sophie Ecclestone and right-arm seam bowler, Beth Langston.
Lancashire’s Sophie Ecclestone will be looking to build on the positive first impression she made on the international stage in the NatWest IT20 series against Pakistan this summer. She will be joined by fellow left-arm spinner, Alex Hartley, who has been named in an England touring party for the first time, alongside experienced off-spin duo, Danielle Hazell and Laura Marsh, as one of four spin bowling options in the squad.
An excited Sophie Ecclestone said on her inclusion in the squad: “It's a privilege and honour to be selected again and what a life experience it will be too going on tour to such a country like the West Indies with some class England women players! The Kia Super League and Lancashire Thunder has given me valuable experience playing with and against international cricketers, providing a challenge, the learning from which I can take with me to the West Indies.”
Jenny Barden, Lancashire Thunder Assistant Coach and LCB Women and Girls Development Officer, added: “Sophie has continued to work hard on her game, she has taken key wickets in both LCB Women & Lancashire Thunder games. At just 17 this will be a great experience and opportunity to learn more about herself and her game. To travel to the West Indies, play against 2 of her Lancashire Thunder team mates as well will provide some exciting challenges for the equally exciting young left arm spinner.
“I’d also like to congratulate Danni Wyatt on her selection in this 15 women squad and wish her well on tour.”
England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson, said: “We've done a lot of soul searching and worked incredibly hard since the ICC Women’s World T20 at the start of this year.
“The summer series against Pakistan couldn't have gone any better in terms of results, but more importantly the manner in which we went about playing our cricket was really pleasing.
“Sophie Ecclestone’s inclusion is a reward for all the promise she showed against Pakistan this summer. Fellow left-arm spinner Alex Hartley had a fantastic Kia Super League for Surrey Stars, and along with the two off-spinners – Laura Marsh and Danielle Hazell – the four spinners gives the bowling attack lots of options and balance.”
Following the series in the West Indies, England women will travel to Sri Lanka in November to contest their final round of the ICC Women’s Championship.
England women last toured in the Caribbean in November 2013, recording a 2-0 ODI series victory against the hosts.