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As England’s women set off for a training camp in India to prepare for the defence of their ICC World Cup crown this February, Lords.org takes a look at three young players who could be key for captain Charlotte Edwards.
The woman of the moment - Taylor's performances and the manner in which she's reached the top of the world in the T20 batting charts has led to speculation surrounding a possible move into the men’s game.
Taylor is an explosive batter, now firmly embedded in the number three position, who first came to prominence as a 17-year-old in 2006 after hitting a run-a-ball 61 against India in only her fourth ODI at Southampton. Now 23, she is also regarded as the finest wicket-keeper in the women's game, a facet which could prove crucial in India where the 'keepers will be expected to stand up-to-the-stumps for much of the innings.
Taylor joined the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers programme for the 2011 season and is set to return for a third year in the scheme, which is now partnered with the ECB, this summer.
At county level Taylor plays for Sussex, having impressed at Brighton College during her school days – where she kept out the boys wicket-keeper in the First XI.
Already a double World Cup winner in 2009, Taylor was inspirational to the England side which lifted both the T20 and ODI trophy's that year. The London-born player struck 78 against the West Indies during a Super Six match in the 50-over competition and notched up 50 not out versus India in the Twenty20 final, in which she also made an important stumping and took two catches.
Averaging 39.42 in 71 matches in ODI cricket, including four centuries and nine fifties, Taylor is the player to fear in the England top-order.
Holly Colvin, like Taylor, is a product of Brighton College, where she was mentored by former England international Clare Connor.
A slow left arm bowler and right-handed batter, the 23-year-old from Chichester in Sussex has 79 ODI wickets from 59 matches at an impressive average of just 22.45 for England.
Aged just 15 in 2005, Colvin was the youngest woman ever to play Test cricket for England, making her debut during the Ashes series at her home ground of Hove. She took three wickets during the match, which was drawn.
A graduate of Durham MCCU University, Colvin was part of the MCCU squad during her degree, where she worked alongside Durham MCCU Head Coach Graeme Fowler.
Colvin had a solid World Cup campaign in 2009, taking 9 wickets at 18 in seven appearances and she has remained one of the most consistent performers for her country in recent years, particularly in the shortest format, where she returned figures of 4-9 to take England to victory over Pakistan in the World T20 in Galle last year. On turning pitches, her experience could prove vital.
Georgia Elwiss is a relative newcomer to the England set up having only made her ODI and Twenty20 debuts in October 2011.
But the MCC Women’s Young Cricketer and MCCU product has already shown real promise on the international stage and has been earmarked to take the new ball in ODI cricket.
Named 'Player of the Tournament' in England’s 4-1 ODI series victory over India last summer where she took six economical wickets at an average of just 14.83, the 21-year-old allrounder, who models herself on Andrew Flintoff, has a key role to play in the forthcoming World Cup on pitches where seam bowling could prove challenging.