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MCC teenagers get Ashes chance

MCC Young Cricketers Fran Wilson, Heather Knight and Danielle Wyatt have been selected in England’s 15-player squad for the Ashes series Down Under in January 2011.

The trio retain their place in the squad after being involved on the successful recent tour of Sri Lanka.

They will be a part of the squad which defends the Urn in a one off four day Test match in Sydney, starting on 22 January.

Make an impression

While 19-year-old's Wyatt and Knight had tasted international action before, Wilson made her debut in Sri Lanka - playing in all five international fixtures.

Wilson had a disappointing introduction to the international game when she was stumped from her first delivery during the opening ODI in Sri Lanka.

She impressed when opportunities arose in the three match T20 series though, prompting the England selectors to hand her a golden Ashes opportunity.

Clare Connor, ECB's Head of England Women’s cricket praised the efforts of the younger players on their debut tour and looked ahead to defending the Urn.

"The recent Sri Lanka tour successfully exposed some of our recent Academy graduates to international cricket, all of whom took their opportunities, with Susie Rowe and Fran Wilson retaining their spots for the tour to Australia.

"Every cricketer dreams of a tour to Australia and I am confident that this squad will return with many successes to speak of, most notably with the Ashes retained."

MCC presence

The squad is littered with players who have MCC connections, including former YC Beth Morgan and MCC Universities graduate Lauran Griffiths.

Current Durham MCCU player Holly Colvin returns to the squad after missing the tour to Sri Lanka to concentrate on her studies.

Several players, including captain Charlotte Edwards and vice-captain Jenny Gunn also coached at MCC’s Spirit of Cricket camps last summer, in partnership with the Chance to Shine scheme.

Prior to the Ashes showdown England face the Australians in three One Day Internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals - starting on 5 January.

The first two Twenty20 fixtures will be played directly before the men’s side continue their own Ashes defence taking on their Australian counterparts at the Adelaide Oval and the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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