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WOMENS: Sussex representation in England's winter training squads

22-Sep-2015

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has this week announced the England Women’s Performance Squad (EWPS), England Women’s Academy (EWA) and England Women’s Development Programme (EWDP) winter training squads for 2015-2016, with Sussex represented across all three squads.

The three squads, which constitute the England women’s cricket pathway, will feature 54 players this winter, ranging from England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards as part of the 21-strong EWPS, to Surrey’s fifteen-year-old Rihanna Southby, who is the youngest member of the EWDP.

Sussex's Georgia Elwiss and Sarah Taylor are included in the Performance Squad; Georgia Adams, Ellen Burt and Freya Davies form part of the Academy, and both Izzy Collis and Tara Norris are in the Development Programme.

Training for all three squads will commence from October at the National Cricket Performance Centre (NCPC) in Loughborough.

EWA Head Coach, Lisa Keightley, will be returning to her native Australia in October to take up a role with the Western Australia Cricket Association. In the interim, ECB’s Women’s & Girls’ High Performance Manager Jonathan Finch will lead the EWA.

The ECB has also today confirmed that the next wave of England women’s central contracts will be awarded from 1st February 2016 – 31st January 2017. The recipients of the new contracts will be announced before the end of the year.

ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “We saw during the Women’s Ashes series this summer that the standard of international women’s cricket is constantly being pushed forwards and we must ensure that we have a structure in place that produces a continual stream of talented players, who are ready to perform in an England shirt if the opportunity arises. The England women’s cricket pathway is wider reaching and better resourced than ever before, and it is particularly encouraging to see some exciting young prospects coming through from the England Women’s Development Programme.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lisa Keightley for her hard work with the England Women’s Academy over the last four and a half years. Her passion, determination and brilliant coaching capabilities have helped develop the Academy into a world class programme, and we wish her all the very best as she pursues new opportunities back home in Australia.”

England women will next be in action in February 2016 when they will travel to South Africa to play a three match One-Day International series and three match Twenty20 International series. The England women’s squad for this tour will be announced early next year.

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