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England call up for MCC women

MCC Young Cricketers Heather Knight, Fran Wilson and Danielle Wyatt lead a strong MCC presence in England Women’s "dynamic" touring party, destined for Sri Lanka in November.

The trio join MCC Members Claire Taylor, the first woman to score a century at Lord's, and Isa Guha in the 15 woman squad, who play three T20 and two ODIs in Colombo.

Beth Morgan, a former YC, also makes the squad, who play their first match on November 14, as does Leeds/Bradford MCC University graduate Lauran Griffiths.

Morgan, alongside fellow squad members Jenny Gunn, Lydia Greenway, Danielle Hazell and captain Charlotte Edwards also coached at MCC’s Spirit of Cricket camps this summer, in partnership with the Chance to Shine scheme.

Regular Katherine Brunt, who also coached at the Spirit of Cricket camps, will remain at home to complete a strength and conditioning programme while Holly Colvin has been allowed time to concentrate on her studies at Durham MCCU.

But Brunt and Colvin’s absence has proven to Wilson and Griffiths’ advantage, as they are allowed an opportunity to impress on the international stage.

ECB Head of Women’s cricket Clare Connor praised the youthful makeup of the side, including the promising Wilson and Griffiths.

She said: "The selectors have named a dynamic England women's squad for the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka.

"Blooding some of our young talent on the full international stage in Sri Lanka will show exactly where we are in terms of the journey towards the World Cup in 2013.

"It is essential that we always have a keen eye on player succession planning."

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