England women recall Tash Farrant for New Zealand tour

Tash Farrant
Tash Farrant took nine wickets for South East Stars in last summer’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy

Left-arm seamer Tash Farrant is in line to play for England for the first time since 2018 after being recalled for the tour of New Zealand.

The 24-year-old is included after Anya Shrubsole and Katie George were ruled out with injuries.

England will play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals in February and March.

The 16-strong squad will depart on 24 January and undertake a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival.

During that time, coronavirus testing protocols will be in place to allow the tourists to train.

While George misses out because of a stress fracture in her back, vice-captain Shrubsole has a knee problem, meaning all-rounder Nat Sciver will act as captain Heather Knight’s deputy.

All-rounder Sciver said: “It has been a tough year for everyone. We were lucky to play in September when we did but we have a big few months coming up.

“I am really excited to get over to New Zealand and then start our season in England, which will hopefully have a bit more cricket than last season.”

Farrant, who has taken 12 wickets in one ODI and 14 T20s for England, lost her central contractexternal-link in 2019.

Issy Wong, an 18-year-old pace bowler, will also travel to train with England side to aid her development.

After warm-up games in Queenstown on 14 and 16 February, the first ODI in Christchurch on 23 February will be followed by two games in Dunedin on 26 and 28 February.

The T20s will be played on 3, 5 and 7 March are in Wellington, Auckland and Mount Maunganui respectively.

England squad for tour of New Zealand: Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wk), Nat Sciver (vice-capt), Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt.

BBC News