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ENGLAND NAME WOMEN'S ASHES SQUAD

Sophie Ecclestone included in squad of 15

England have named a 15-strong squad for their Ashes campaign with Lancashire left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone named as part of that 15.

Ecclestone represents the only change to the squad that won the World Cup at Lord's.

Ashes squad

Heather Knight (captain, Berkshire)

Tammy Beaumont (Kent)

Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)

Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)

Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)

Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire)

Alex Hartley (Lancashire)

Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)

Laura Marsh (Kent)

Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)

Nat Sciver (Surrey)

Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper, Sussex)

Fran Wilson (Middlesex)

Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)

Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

England coach Mark Robinson said: "It's a hugely exciting tour and one we are really looking forward to. Australia on their home soil will be a further test of the progress we have made.

“We said before the World Cup that the final at Lord's was never going to be our destination, it was just part of the journey, and that journey continues with this tour.

“Sophie Ecclestone has finished school now and has had a great summer domestically. Her selection will provide another option to our attack.”

Skipper Heather Knight said: “Ashes tours don’t come around all too often so it’s always a special opportunity. Australia are going to be very strong opponents on their home soil so we’ll have to be at our best, across all three formats.

“Winning the World Cup was a dream come true but it doesn’t get much bigger than the Ashes. We weren’t able to win in 2015 so I know that the whole group will be intent on regaining the trophy this time round.”

Fixtures

1st ODI | Brisbane - Allan Border Field, October 22

2nd ODI | Coffs Harbour, October 26

3rd ODI | Coffs Harbour, October 29

Only Test | Sydney - North Sydney Oval, November 9-12

1st T20 | Sydney - North Sydney Oval, November 17

2nd T20 | Canberra, November 19

3rd T20 | Canberra, November 21