Louth all rounder Arran Brindle has been named as part of England’s 15-strong squad who will defend their ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in India in February.
The 31-year-old, who has 58 one day international caps, goes into the World Cup with England as reigning champions, having won the trophy for the third time in the history of the competition in Sydney in 2009.
Charlotte Edwards was named as captain for her fifth World Cup, having won the trophy for the third time in Sydney in 2009.
“The whole team is really excited about defending our world title in Mumbai in February. I’m so proud to be captaining such a talented team in what is the pinnacle event in our sport,” said Edwards.
Eight members of the victorious 2009 squad will be complemented by six players experiencing their first world 50-over competition.
Edwards continued: “There is a great blend to our squad with a combination of experienced players who were part of the 2009 success and emerging young players who have already shown that they can perform at this level.
“Every player in our squad has experience of playing in sub-continental conditions and we will continue to work hard during our final preparations so come February we are in the best possible shape to defend our title.”
Head of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor said: “It has never been harder to select the England Women’s squad than ahead of this ICC World Cup. So many players have impressed during 2012 and this final group of 15 should be congratulated on their selection.
“They have the honour of going to the World Cup as the current world champions and we wish them every success in rising to the challenge of bringing the trophy home again.”
Drawn in group A, England will face India, West Indies and Sri Lanka. After the group matches the top three will move through to the Super Six stage along with the top three teams from group B (Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa), with the competition culminating in the final on Sunday 17th February.
England will depart on January 17 for a preparation camp before facing Sri Lanka in their first match of the competition on February 2.
All England Women’s games will be broadcast on BBC Radio and a selection of 10 games from across the competition, including the final, will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
England Women 2013 World Cup squad
Charlotte Edwards (Kent, captain)
Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
Arran Brindle (Sussex)
Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
Holly Colvin (Sussex)
Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
Lydia Greenway (Kent)
Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire)
Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)
Amy Jones (Warwickshire)
Heather Knight (Berkshire)
Laura Marsh (Kent)
Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
Sarah Taylor (Sussex)
Danielle Wyatt (Staffordshire)