England women have recalled Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt for the tour to India in February and March. Wicket Keeper Taylor missed the Women’s World Twenty20 tournament last November as part of an ongoing management of her anxiety, while Brunt was injured.
England play three one-day internationals and three T20s against India before a tour of Sri Lanka.Taylor will leave after February’s ODIs in India and, along with all-rounder Brunt, will miss the Sri Lanka series.
Last year, Taylor, who returned to the game in 2017 after a year out with an anxiety-related issue, was also rested for a tour of India as captain Heather Knight said it would be the sort of place that “pushes her buttons”.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) added that all-rounder Jenny Gunn “has been given a break from both series after years of touring and will report back in April”.
Spinner Kirstie Gordon and seamer Katie George are ruled out because of injury, while newly-contracted bowler Freya Davies is selected for her first tour.
“We’ve looked to use as many players as we can to give everyone an opportunity to learn and grow as we head into a busy year,” said England coach Mark Robinson.
“We’ve included 18 players across the squads and they’ll come in and out as the tours progress as we look to improve our strength in depth.”We’ve got a huge Ashes series in the summer, as well as hosting the West Indies.
“There are ICC Women’s Championship points up for grabs across both of these tours so there’s hard work ahead of us but we’re excited.”
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