Four current MCC Young Cricketers (YCs) have been named in the England Women’s squad for the NatWest Quadrangular Series this summer.
New YC Sarah Taylor returns to the England squad after missing the winter's Ashes series while Heather Knight, Fran Wilson and Danielle Wyatt all keep their places in the side.
Current Durham MCC University player Holly Colvin is also included in the 14-player squad who take on Australia, New Zealand and India in Twenty20 and One Day International action over the summer.
England and Australia meet at Lord’s on Tuesday 5 July. MCC, together with ECB, have teamed up to offer free tickets for school groups and girls’ cricket clubs.
Taylor – a ICC World Twenty20 and ICC World Cup winner – missed the winter tours to Sri Lanka and Australia in order to have a break from cricket.
The 21-year-old has been invigorated by her break from international cricket though and has relished the opportunity to train and play full time at Lord’s with the YCs.
MCC Women’s Coach Alan Duncan said Taylor’s recall was just deserts for her dedication to the cause:
He said: “It’s very much deserved I think for her hard work this winter and so far this summer.
“Coming back after her time off she has been extremely dedicated to training and getting herself fit and back in the right frame of mind to play cricket again.
“She has applied herself really well here and I’m pleased she will be getting another chance with England.”
Exposure & experience
Taylor is joined by MCC team-mates Wilson, Wyatt and Knight – all of who made their international debuts in 2010 while playing as YCs.
All three were part of the England squad which toured Australia in the winter, with current YC captain Knight making her Test debut in England’s seven wicket defeat to the hosts.
Duncan expressed his delight at Knight’s attitude:
"Heather has been a great example on and off the field since becoming a YC.
"She had an excellent tour of Australia last winter and really impressed the England set-up in her time down there.
“It really helped her mature as a cricketer and she’s now showing a real desire to set standards on the scheme.”
Wyatt and Wilson were involved in the T20 and ODI action in Australia, despite not being selected for the one-off Test.
Duncan added: “Fran is a great talent and I’m delighted that she’s been given another chance to get some experience and exposure at the top level of the game.
“Danni and Fran have been the standout batsmen for us this season so far and I think they can perform for England.”
Current Durham student Colvin is one of a number of other players with MCC connections in the England squad.
England’s experienced captain Charlotte Edwards, Lydia Greenway, Danielle Hazell and vice-captain Jenny Gunn all coached at MCC’s Spirit of Cricket camps in 2010.
Legendary batsman Claire Taylor, who missed the Ashes tour through injury, also returns to the squad.
Taylor, the first woman to be elected one of Wisden’s five Cricketer’s of the Year, holds the record for the highest score in an ODI at Lord’s - 156* against India in 2006. She also regularly represents MCC Women.
England squad: Charlotte Edwards (Capt), Jenny Gunn (vice-capt), Arran Brindle, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Danielle Hazell, Heather Knight, Lydia Greenway, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt
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