England name 15-player squad for South Africa and Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham

England name 15-player squad for South Africa and Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

England have announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming T20Is against South Africa as well as the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

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Heather Knight is set to lead the young England side in the Commonwealth Games at home in Birmingham. Before that, the same squad is set to face South Africa in a three-match T20I series starting 21 July.

Teenage sensations Alice Capsey and Freya Kemp have received their maiden international call-up while 20-year-old Issy Wong, who recently made her Test and ODI debut, is in line for her first T20I cap.

Squad: Heather Knight (Captain), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Nat Sciver, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt

The cricket in Commonwealth Games is set to commence on 28 July, with England playing their first game against Sri Lanka two days later. England will then take on South Africa and New Zealand. The semi-final is set to be played on 6 August while the gold and bronze medal matches will happen on 7 August.

Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Before that, England will take on the Proteas Women in three T20Is on 21, 23 and 25 July.

Speaking on the squad selection, England captain Heather Knight said, “It is such a massive opportunity for us and for the game to compete in the Commonwealth Games, especially on home soil.

“When you’re younger you watch these multi-sport events but, as a cricketer, you don’t imagine you’ll be out there representing Team England. It also gives us a brilliant chance to engage some young people in cricket who maybe haven’t played or watched it before.

“It’s a hugely exciting squad and for us as a group to have a chance to make history and be the first women’s cricketers to medal at the Commonwealth Games is something that can really drive us forward.”


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