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Grundy and Marsh back for New Zealand tour

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced the England women’s touring party for the five-match One-Day International (ODI) and three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series in New Zealand next month.

Charlotte Edwards (Kent) will captain a 15-player squad, which includes left-arm spinner Rebecca Grundy (Warwickshire) and Kent’s off-spinning all-rounder Laura Marsh, as they both return to the England fold after recovering from groin and shoulder injuries respectively. Grundy will be looking to build on her impressive introduction to international cricket during the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, while for the more experienced Marsh, it is the first time that she has been part of an England squad since playing a key role in the 2013 Women’s Ashes success.

Vice-captain Heather Knight (Berkshire), wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor (Sussex) and Edwards will all be re-joining their England team-mates for the 28-day tour, after a winter playing state cricket in the Australian Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women’s Twenty20 (WT20) competition.

Rebecca Grundy impressed during last year's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh but injury has stopped her playing for England since

England’s fast bowling unit in New Zealand will once again be spearheaded by Yorkshire’s Katherine Brunt and Somerset’s Anya Shrubsole, with support from Kate Cross (Lancashire) and all-rounders Jenny Gunn and Natalie Sciver (Nottinghamshire and Surrey). Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire) will offer Edwards another spin option, wicket-keeper Amy Jones (Warwickshire) will provide cover behind the stumps, and batters Lydia Greenway (Kent), Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire) and Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire) complete the 15-player New Zealand touring party.      

Commenting on the squad, ECB Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “The selectors were in a privileged position when picking the New Zealand touring party with every player in the 21-strong England women’s performance programme fit and available for selection. As a result, this is one of the strongest squads that we have been able to name for a while, and I am especially pleased to see Laura Marsh and Rebecca Grundy return to international duty, following their extended absences through injury.

Injury problems have prevented Laura Marsh from representing her country since 2013 when she helped to win the Ashes on home soil

“This year is hugely important for England women, with the home Women’s Ashes series fast approaching. However, in respect of the ICC Women’s Championship and ultimately qualification for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England, this series against New Zealand carries exactly the same significance as the series against Australia later in the summer. The first three ODIs between England and New Zealand will count directly towards qualification for that World Cup, and New Zealand are a very good team, so there’s no question that this will be a tough tour.”  

The first three ODIs in New Zealand on February 11, 13 and 15 at the Bay Oval, MountMaunganui, will form England’s second round of matches in the new ICC Women’s Championship. In the first round against India last summer, England secured five out of a possible six points, after winning the first two Royal London ODIs in Scarborough, but being forced to share the points in the rain abandoned third match at Lord’s.

England and New Zealand will subsequently travel to Whangarei to play back-to-back T20Is at the Cobham Oval on February 19 and 20, before finishing the tour with the third T20I and two remaining ODIs on February 24, 26 and 28 at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

England women’s squad for tour to New Zealand 2015:

Name

County

Charlotte Edwards (captain)

Kent

Katherine Brunt

Yorkshire

Kathryn Cross

Lancashire

Lydia Greenway

Kent

Rebecca Grundy

Warwickshire

Jenny Gunn

Nottinghamshire

Danielle Hazell

Yorkshire

Amy Jones

Warwickshire

Heather Knight (vice-captain)

Berkshire

Laura Marsh

Kent

Natalie Sciver

Surrey

Anya Shrubsole

Somerset

Sarah Taylor

Sussex

Lauren Winfield

Yorkshire

Danielle Wyatt

Nottinghamshire

England women’s tour to New Zealand 2015 schedule: 

Date

Format

Venue

11.2.15

1st ODI *

Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui

13.2.15

2nd ODI *

Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui

15.2.15

3rd ODI *

Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui

19.2.15

1st T20I

Cobham Oval, Whangarei

20.2.15

2nd T20I

Cobham Oval, Whangarei

24.2.15

3rd T20I

Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

26.2.15

4th ODI

Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

28.2.15

5th ODI

Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

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