Lauren Bell has been called up to England’s 14-man squad for the IT20 three-game series against India this month, live on Sky Sports; England’s top IT20 wicket taker Katherine Brunt has been left out to prioritize her rest and recovery
Last update: 06/09/22 11:30
Lauren Bell is in contention for her England T20 international debut after being called up to the squad for the series against India, replacing rested Katherine Brunt.
England’s top IT20 wicket taker Brunt will miss September’s three-game series due to his priority on rest and recovery.
It opened the door for Bell, who made her try and one-day international debut for England earlier this year, to feature against India after being called up to the 14-man squad.
England v India
September 10, 2022, 6:45 p.m.
England’s Lauren Bell gets her first ODI wicket as Shabnim Ismail sends one in the air and Charlie Dean takes the hold
“After discussions with Katherine, she felt the best thing for her was to rest in both the T20 and ODI series,” said England head coach Lisa Keightley.
“We fully support this decision with a view to maximizing his mental and physical recovery after what has been an intense year so far.
“This provides an opportunity for Lauren Bell, who was impressive in The Hundred, and with her, Alice Capsey, Freya Kemp and Issy Wong on the team, we are starting to see a group of exciting young players who have the chance to cement their place in the England squad.”
Saturday September 10: 1st Vitality IT20 (Chester-Le-Street, 7 p.m.).
Tuesday September 13: 2nd Vitality IT20 (Derby, 6 p.m.).
Thursday September 15: 3rd Vitality IT20 (Bristol, 6:30 p.m.).
Bell’s inclusion is one of two changes to England’s Commonwealth Games squad, with skipper Heather Knight also ruled out as she continues her recovery from a hip injury. Nat Sciver will continue to lead the team in his absence.
The IT20 series and the ensuing three-game ODI series against India will be Keightley’s last games in charge of the England team and the Australian is aiming to end her tenure on a high.
“I’m delighted to end my time with this team with a really exciting series against India,” Keightley said. “They are a great team and we will have to be at our best to win.”
England squad for the India IT20 series
Nat Sciver (Northern Diamonds, Captain), Lauren Bell (Southern Vipers), Maia Bouchier (Southern Vipers), Alice Capsey (South East Stars), Kate Cross (Thunder), Freya Davies (South East Stars), Sophia Dunkley (Southern Vipers ) Stars), Sophie Ecclestone (Thunder), Sarah Glenn (Central Sparks), Amy Jones (Central Sparks), Freya Kemp (Southern Vipers), Bryony Smith (South East Stars), Issy Wong (Central Sparks), Danni Wyatt (Southern Vipers).