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England seamer Isa Guha believes MCC Young Cricketers Danielle Wyatt, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson have a "big opportunity" during the tour of Sri Lanka.
The trio are part of the 15 woman squad which plays three Twenty20 internationals and two One Day Internationals (ODIs) in Colombo starting on November 15.
Charlotte Edwards leads an experienced squad, including Claire Taylor - the record holder for the highest individual ODI score at Lord’s.
No complacency for England
Sri Lanka are yet to beat England in seven international meetings, but Guha insists the reigning world champions are not taking victory for granted.
She also welcomed the opportunity for players like Wyatt, Knight and Wilson - on her first full England tour - to savour a unique cricketing experience.
"It’s a good opportunity for the younger players on the squad to be challenged and taken out of their comfort zone and that’s very much the case for Danielle, Heather and Fran." said Guha.
"Danielle and Heather are still young cricketers but they have been on tour with us before so they’re getting to understand what it’s like to play international cricket abroad.
"For Fran it’s a really big opportunity to be outside her comfort zone and experience a new culture and a different cricketing culture.
"We have been preparing for the tour by turning up the heat in the gym at Loughborough and practicing in our full tracksuits.
"Getting used to the heat and humidity of Sri Lanka is probably the biggest challenge for us so we’re doing everything we can to make sure it’s right.
"As world champions we always expect to beat whoever we’re playing against so we’re confident we can have a successful tour.
"That makes no difference for us though - we’re taking it as seriously as we would a series with Australia or New Zealand."
Guha, is one of the more experienced members of the squad, with 77 ODIs, seven Tests and 13 T20Is behind her.
The 25-year-old, also an MCC Member, has been preparing for the tour in the MCC Indoor School, a facility the Young Cricketers (YCs) benefit from on a full-time basis.
"Personally I’m feeling very confident about my game ahead of this tour." Guha added.
"I’ve worked hard in the nets at Lord’s and I had a good season of domestic cricket too.
"I’ve been working really hard on my bowling and I feel very comfortable with my batting as well - hopefully it will be a successful tour.
"The YCs programme is a brilliant opportunity for these girls because not only are they able to work on their game full-time but they can do it at the Home of Cricket.
"I still feel goosebumps walking through the gates and onto the field there, it’s a great place."