England have announced their 15-player squad for the women’s T20 World Cup – which begins next month in Australia – with left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon missing out.
Gordon is the only omission from the squad that visited Malaysia in December to play Pakistan, with all-rounder Georgia Elwiss taking her spot.
Leg-spinner Sarah Glenn, who made her international debut in the Pakistan series and took 12 wickets across six matches, has been included.
Thailand, South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan will meet England in the group stage of the tournament, with the final to be held on March 8 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Prior to the tournament, the squad will contest a tri-series with Australia and India, to be played in Canberra and Melbourne.
The tournament will be Lisa Keightley’s first as England’s new head coach. On the naming of the squad, Keightley said: “It’s really exciting to name our squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and we’re looking forward to getting out there and getting underway.
“It was very useful to join the group in Malaysia and watch how they were getting on and since then we’ve had a training block out in La Manga.
“There are few better feelings in cricket than representing your country in a World Cup and I know everyone’s really looking forward to the challenge.”
England were runners-up at the 2018 Women’s World T20, reaching the final against Australia in Antigua, where they were defeated by eight wickets. Eight members of the selected squad were in the line-up for that match.
Squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones (wk), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt, Mady Villiers