The England women’s cricket team has announced its 15-member squad for the upcoming Women’s Ashes Test, including the uncapped duo of Lauren Filer and Danielle Gibson. Captained by Heather Knight, the team will kick off their Ashes summer with a one-off five-day Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on June 22. This historic Test will mark England’s first five-day Test on home soil and their first red-ball game at Trent Bridge since 2000.
The England women’s squad for the Ashes Test comprises talented players such as Tammy Beaumont, Sophie Ecclestone, Nat Sciver, and more. However, including uncapped players Lauren Filer and Danielle Gibson has caught the attention of cricket enthusiasts. Filer and Gibson have impressed in the domestic circuit, representing Western Storm.
Lauren Filer, known for her ability to take wickets, has emerged as the bowling spearhead for Western Storm in recent campaigns. Her genuine pace and swing offer England a unique bowling threat, capable of making an impact at any stage of the game.
Danielle Gibson, a versatile cricketer, has showcased exceptional skills with both bat and ball. She comes into the national side as the joint-highest run-getter and leading wicket-taker in this season’s Charlotte Edwards Cup. Gibson’s selection gives England a dynamic player who can change the game’s momentum.
Head coach Jon Lewis expressed excitement about including Filer and Gibson in the squad. He commended Gibson’s recent form, acknowledging her growth in the batting and bowling departments. Lewis highlighted her ability to be a game-changer if given the opportunity.
Regarding Filer, Lewis emphasized her potential as a genuine wicket-taking threat. He praised her pace and swing, recognizing that she brings a unique dimension to England’s bowling attack, capable of influencing the outcome of a Test match.
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To prepare for the Ashes Test, England will engage in a three-day warm-up match against Australia A in Derbyshire, starting from June 15. The multi-format series will commence with the Test match, where four points will be up for grabs. Three T20Is will follow this on July 1, 5, and 8 (two points each), and three ODIs on July 12, 16, and 18 (two points each).
England women’s squad for Ashes Test: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Filer, Danielle Gibson, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Issy Wong, Danielle Wyatt