The England women team has transformed the team with a special ensemble for the upcoming Ashes series. There have been considerable changes in the ODI team. The additional players in the England women squad are Kate Cross, Tash Farrant, and Amy Jones. Also, Beth Langstone is replaced with Sophie Ecclestone. The latter is a left-arm spinner. Earlier, she was the only change in the team. The team will start the warm up games against Cricket Australia XI. The warm up game is a four- day match. The inclusion of Cross in the team for the warm-up fixture is a strong indication of the player to reach the primary XI of the team. Meanwhile, the other two cricketers, Farrant and Jones have been associated with Australia plying club.
The three new faces in the team has varying degree of experience in international cricket. However, only Cross has an experience of playing Red Ball Cricket. Both the women teams of England and Australia are currently in a good form. England women won the ODI world cup this season beating India. Australia women, however, had to return much before, in the tournament. Still, the recent records make the two team at a competitive from against each other.
England's bowling attack will be spearheaded by Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole. Cross added into the team will support the team with better spin options, which could be a gamechanger against Australia. Also, her record against Australia has been strong in recent matches. Also, back in 2013, the bowler took three wickets against the team. In the three Test matches she played until now, Cross knocked 14 wickets so far.
The current team for Australia campaign has Heather Knight, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, and Georgia Elwiss at the top batting line up, while Sarah Taylor, Natalie Sciver, Lauren Winfield and other will handle the bowling attack.
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