Charlotte Edwards set to lead England against India

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England are due to host India in August in a one off test match with Charlotte Edwards at the helm. The Test game will be followed by a three game Royal London One Day International series – part of the first round of new ICC Women’s Championship.

As part of the announcement the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) named the international squads to face India and South Africa this summer.

The women will also compete against South Africa in three Natwest Twenty20 internationals in September. Yorkshire fast bowler Katherine Brunt, who was sidelined during the teams’ momentous Ashes victory in Perth at the beginning of the year is a valuable addition to the Royal London ODI and Natwest T20I squads.

Edwards relieved to be back

During a media breakfast she said: “It’s not been nice at all and it’s just great to be back. All I want to do is go out, enjoy myself and help win some games.

England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards, was joined by several members of the England women’s team following the announcement at 8.00am. She said: “We’re looking forward to India arriving and focussing on a positive result on the test match next week.

“The test match is next week, which I’m really looking forward to. Hopefully there’s a few more years left, especially with lots of exciting, big tournaments coming up, the ashes next summer and the 2017 World Cup."

Captain's advice

Edwards is a huge role model for aspirational as well as established cricketers, with even her team mates selecting her as their favourite player.

The captain offered sound advice for anyone seeking to emulate her achievements: “Try and play as match as you can at school level, I think that’s really important. There’s lots of cricket being played now in inner cities and all over the country. We’ve just had 1 million girls go through the Chance to Shine scheme, which is fantastic.

“It’s just about motivating oneself to get down there, and even if it’s with boys and men’s cricket, to get involved. We have over 600 cricket teams in England now that offer girls and women’s cricket, so I don’t think there’s any excuse for anyone not to get involved now.”

Farrant also returns

England’s bowling unit will be further bolstered in the NatWest T20I series against South Africa by the return of Kent’s young left-arm seamer Natasha Farrant, who missed the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh through injury.

Farrant, 18, is the youngest player in the squad and she is in the Twenty20 squad. Farrant’s greatest influence is her older brother Charlie: “I have two older brothers and the amount of time Charlie spent in the nets with me was phenomenal. He singlehandedly started my career.”

Farrant’s cricketing inspirations are Jimmy Anderson, Charlotte Edwards and Michael Holding. She also offered advice to young cricketers: “Whenever you can just go out and play, it’s the easiest thing to do. Don’t get hung up on facilities, just play as it’s also a great way to make friends.”

ECC Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor said: “The three squads for the series against India and South Africa have been selected from a position of real strength, and I am delighted that both Katherine Brunt and Natasha Farrant will return to international action this summer.

“Appointed to the role of vice-captain, Heather Knight now has the opportunity to learn from the most experienced international captain in the world as she works alongside Charlotte Edwards to help lead the England women’s team at the start of a new professional era for the women’s game.”

Warwickshire’s left-arm spinner Rebecca Grundy has been included in the Kia Women’s Test and Royal London ODI squads for the first time, having made her international debut and impressed with her performances in Bangladesh.

Right-arm medium pace bowler, Sonia Odedra from Nottinghamshire, has also been called-up to the Test squad for the first time after Sussex’s Georgia Elwiss has been ruled out of action for the rest of the summer with a broken hand.

England women’s 2014 international summer schedule:

vs India
13.8.14 – 16.8.14
Kia Women’s Test Match
Wormsley Cricket Ground

vs India
1st Royal London ODI *
Scarborough Cricket Club

vs India
2nd Royal London ODI *
Scarborough Cricket Club

vs India
3rd Royal London ODI *
Lord’s Cricket Ground

vs South Africa
1st NatWest T20I
The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford

vs South Africa
2nd NatWest T20I
The County Ground, Northampton

vs South Africa
3rd NatWest T20I

*ICC Women’s Championship fixtures

Follow England women’s 2014 international summer live via the following media:

Live radio commentary will be provided by BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra or online on for all England women’s fixtures.

Live video stream of the three Royal London ODIs will be available to view via and

Live television coverage of the three NatWest T20Is will be available on Sky Sports.

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