England women will give at least three new players their Test debuts next week against South Africa


England women’s side will give at least three new players their Test debuts next week against South Africa after retirements of bowling pillars Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt

  • England women will hand out at least three Test debuts at Taunton next week 
  • They will face South Africa in a multi-format series and named a squad of 13 
  • Five newcomers include Emily Arlott, Lauren Bell, Freya Davies and Emma Lamb 

England women will hand out at least three Test debuts at Taunton next week in the first game of their multi-format series against South Africa.

They have named five newcomers in all in a 13-strong squad for the four-day match that begins on Monday.

The new players are Emily Arlott, Lauren Bell, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies and Emma Lamb.

England women will hand out at least three Test debuts after Anya Shrubsole’s retirement

Her twin pillar in the England attack, Katherine Brunt (centre), has also retired from Tests

Her twin pillar in the England attack, Katherine Brunt (centre), has also retired from Tests

It will be the first time England will be without the twin pillars of their bowling in Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt.

Shrubsole has retired from all international cricket, while Brunt announced on Saturday she would be stepping down from Test cricket.

The game will be worth four points before the sides play a series of white-ball matches.

Freya Davies (right) five newcomers in all in a 13-strong squad for the match in Taunton

Freya Davies (right) five newcomers in all in a 13-strong squad for the match in Taunton

England (from): Knight (captain), Arlott, Beaumont, Bell, Cross, Davidson-Richards, Davies, Dean, Dunkley, Ecclestone, Jones (keeper), Lamb, Sciver. 

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