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England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards and Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry are among the stars of women's cricket named in the MCC Women v Rest of the World Women Lord's Bicentenary match on Monday 19 May.
The fixture, which is the first time an MCC Women's XI has played a Rest of the World Women's XI, will include some of the biggest names in women's cricket.
For MCC, Edwards will be joined by fellow Ashes winners Sarah Taylor and Danielle Hazell, as well as the Chair of MCC women's sub committee Claire Taylor.
Edwards previews the MCC v Rest of the World women's match
The MCC Women's team will be managed by former MCC Committee Member and England captain Baroness Heyhoe-Flint.
Edwards is England Women's all-time leading run-scorer and has appeared on 10 separate occasions at Lord's in One Day and Twenty20 Internationals.
Claire Taylor, who played 15 Tests, 126 ODIs and 27 T20Is for England, holds the record for the highest individual ODI score at Lord's, after hitting an unbeaten 156 against India in 2006.
The Rest of the World will feature Perry alongside fellow Australian Meg Lanning, and West Indies duo Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin.
It’s the perfect opportunity to show the cricketing world the quality within the women’s game
Lanning, 21, became the youngest Australian - male or female - to score an international century after her 103 not out against England aged just 18 years and 288 days, beating Ricky Ponting's previous record.
Barbadian Dottin became the first woman to score an international Twenty20 ton when she smashed a 40-ball 112 against South Africa in 2010.
MCC President Mike Gatting said: "MCC is very pleased to have secured the services of so many top class cricketers for this match, and I’m sure we will see a fixture of the highest quality.
"This is the first chance that many will have had to see some of wonderful talent around in the women’s game and I hope as many cricket fans as possible take the chance to enjoy this match and to celebrate the bicentenary of the current Lord’s Ground.”
Charlotte Edwards added: "Lord’s is such a special place to play cricket and I can’t wait to help MCC celebrate the current Ground’s bicentenary by taking part in this game. Some of the best female cricketers in the world are going to be on show and it’s the perfect opportunity to show the cricketing world the quality within the women’s game."
The MCC v Rest of the World men’s match takes place on Saturday 5th July and will feature Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne as respective captains. Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, and Saeed Ajmal have also been confirmed to play in the match, with many more players to be confirmed.
Tickets for MCC Women v Rest of the World Women match, which will be a fifty over match, can be purchased now from lords.org/tickets or by calling 020 7432 1000.
Line-ups for the match: [Updated on 1 May 2014]
|MCC||Rest of the World|
|Charlotte Edwards (capt)||England||Suzie Bates||New Zealand|
|Heather Knight||England||Deandra Dottin||West Indies|
|Claire Taylor||England||Jhulan Goswami||India|
|Sarah Taylor||England||Marizanne Kapp||South Africa|
|Arran Brindle||England||Meg Lanning||Australia|
|Natalie Sciver||England||Sana Mir||Pakistan|
|Jenny Gunn||England||Ellyse Perry||Australia|
|Holly Colvin||England||Rachel Priest||New Zealand|
|Georgia Elwiss||England||Mithali Raj||India|
|Kate Cross||England||Shashikala Siriwardene||Sri Lanka|
|Danielle Hazell||England||Stafanie Taylor||West Indies|
|Paul Shaw (Coach)||Lisa Keightley (Coach)|
|Baroness Heyhoe Flint (Manager)||Caroline Atkins (Manager)|
Highlights: Edwards steers England to Ashes victory