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Thunder duo included in England's World T20 squad

Thunder duo included in England's World T20 squad

Lancashire Thunder pair Dani Hazell and Sophie Ecclestone have both been included in England's squad of 15 for the Women's World T20.

The tournament starts next month in West Indies, with England opening up against Australia on November 4. 

This summer, Hazell captained Thunder to their best ever finish in the Kia Super League, taking six wickets with her off-break's and winning five out 10 matches. 

Fellow spinner Ecclestone joins her in the squad, following another fine KSL campaign, finishing as her side's leading wicket-taker with 15, to be named Thunder's Young Player of the Tournament. 

The 19-year-old has already made 13 T20I appearances, claiming 19 wickets at an average of 19, while the experienced Hazell has taken 84 wickets from her 82 appearances. 

Three uncapped players have also been picked for the first time, Nottinghamshire's Kirstie Gordon and Sussex's Linsey Smith - both left-arm spinners with Loughborough Lightning in the Kia Super League - receive their first call-ups while Middlesex and Surrey Stars batter Sophia Dunkley is also in the squad.

Their selection follows strong performances in women's domestic cricket, both at county level and across the KSL.

England Women squad

Heather Knight (Berkshire), Captain
Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
Sophia Dunkley (Middlesex)
Sophie Eccelstone (Lancashire)
Tash Farrant (Kent)
Kirstie Gordon (Nottinghamshire)
Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire)
Dani Hazell (Yorkshire)
Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Wicketkeeper
Nat Sciver (Surrey)
Linsey Smith (Sussex)
Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)
Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

Coach Mark Robinson said: "It's always an exciting time when any England squad is announced but especially when there are three newcomers included.

"Sophia, Kirstie and Linsey have all had outstanding summers domestically and impressed when they have been in and around the group. All three will bring something different to the squad.

"Everyone is looking forward to the challenges ahead and we can't wait to get out there and get started."

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