Cross, Winfield-Hill also return to squad having missed T20s against New Zealand
Wyatt ensured her selection for the recent T20I series against New Zealand with a match-winning 89 not out in the final, series-deciding T20 against India at Chelmsford in July, having been overlooked for the ODI leg of the multi-format series.
She was the third-highest run-scorer in the three-match T20 series against New Zealand – won 2-1 by England – with 84 runs at 28.00 and with a strike rate of 140.00. The last of her 77 ODI appearances came in New Zealand in February.
Also recalled were Kate Cross, who took 5-34 in the second ODI against India in June, and Lauren Winfield-Hill. Both missed out on the T20s against New Zealand.
Dean was part of England’s squad for the T20s against New Zealand but did not play, missing the first match after she and Vipers team-mate Maia Bouchier were identified as possible Covid-19 contacts. Bouchier made an impressive debut in the second match at Hove, scoring 25 off 24, and played the third, where she scored 1, but she was not included in the ODI squad.
Seam bowler Anya Shrubsole was also named in the squad, despite suffering an ankle sprain at training earlier in the week, which left her on the sidelines using crutches and in a moon boot during the third T20 with New Zealand at Taunton on Thursday.
Lisa Keightley, England’s head coach, echoed Knight’s thoughts ahead of the series, which includes five matches in different cities in the space of 11 days.
“We’re really looking forward to the Royal London Series,” Keightley said. “It’s a great test for us, and five more important ODIs ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup next year.
“It’s a very busy schedule and we’ll need to work hard throughout it to ensure players are in the best position to get through it, and it may well be that we need to manage the group in order to do that.”
England: Heather Knight, (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt.
1st ODI, September 16, Bristol
2nd ODI, September 19, Worcester
3rd ODI, September 21, Leicester
4th ODI, September 23, Derby
5th ODI, September 26, Canterbury
Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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