England Women’s squad for New Zealand ODIs announced, Sophia Dunkley returns

England women, on Friday (June 14), announced their squad for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand. Both teams are set to play three ODIs against each other before locking horns in five T20Is.

The highlight of the squad is the return of Sophia Dunkley. The batter has earned the recall after impressing with the bat in the domestic circuit. Dunkley failed to find a place in the England ODI and T20I squads for the series against Pakistan last month. Before being dropped, she had struggled with her form during the tours of India and New Zealand.

She was later added to the ODI squad for the Pakistan series as injury cover but did not play a game. In the domestic circuit, Dunkley roared back to form in style and is the leading run-scorer in the 50-over Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. In five innings, she has scored an impressive 293 runs while playing for South East Stars. She also scored 194 runs in six innings in the 20-over Charlotte Edwards Cup.

England squad for New Zealand ODIs:

Dunkley is the only addition to the England squad that played against Pakistan last month. Speaking on the squad for the New Zealand ODIs, England women’s head coach Jon Lewis said:

“We have named the same squad who finished the recent series against Pakistan. I felt we played some solid 50-over cricket in that series and have had excellent results over the past 18 months.

“We welcomed Sophia Dunkley back into the squad at the end of the Pakistan series as her performance across the domestic game has been outstanding and she earned the right to be back in this squad through performance,” added Lewis.

The three-match series between England and New Zealand is scheduled to begin on June 26 in Durham. The second and third games are scheduled to be played in Worcester (June 30) and Bristol (July 3) respectively.

England ODI squad:

Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Filer, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Danielle Wyatt

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