Five MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) have been named in the England Women’s squad for the tour to South Africa in October.
Danni Wyatt, Susie Rowe, Georgia Elwiss, Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor are included in a 14-player squad which will play three One Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
MCC Universities (MCCU) (opens in a new window) graduates, Laura Marsh and Lydia Greenway, are also included though left-arm spinner Holly Colvin will remain in England to concentrate on her studies at Durham MCCU.
The squad will be based at Potchefstroom between October 17 and 31, with all six international matches taking place at Senwes Park.
For the YCs, selection for the tour marks the culmination of a hugely successful summer.
Four of the five were involved in the squad for the NatWest Quadrangular Series’ as England beat India, Australia and New Zealand to win both the T20 and ODI competitions.
20-year-old Elwiss received her first call-up during the ODI series, but is yet to make her international debut - something she will be desperate to achieve in South Africa.
Her selection for a first full tour is reward for a superb season in which she has shown a marked improvement in her game.
After a winter spent playing state cricket in Australia the Sussex bowler hit the ground running in her third year as a YC, putting in a succession of impressive performances with bat and ball.
Rowe missed out on international selection this summer but has worked her way back into the team.
Taylor meanwhile has re-established herself as England’s number one wicket-keeper during her first season as a YC after taking a break from the game last winter.
MCC took on a record number of women on its YC scheme in 2011, with seven full time and four scholarship players working at Lord’s.
MCC’s Women’s Coach Alan Duncan said: “I’m delighted that five players we have been working with this summer have been rewarded with a place on the England tour to South Africa.
“Their commitment to making the most of their time here at Lord’s has been impressive and they fully deserve their international recognition.
“Georgia has had her ups and downs in her three years as a YC and I’m thrilled that she will have another opportunity to make her international debut.”
"It is also great news for Susie who has worked her way back into the side after missing out earlier in the year"
Squad in full
Charlotte Edwards (Captain)