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England women target world double


Edwards 'excited' by Women's Twenty20 challenge

England have kept faith with their entire World Cup-winning squad for the inaugural ICC Women's World Twenty20.

All 15 players involved in the World Cup in Australia will hope to have a chance to go for a double in the shorter format of the game in June.

But the selectors have also named Sussex all-rounder Rosalie Birch and uncapped Danielle Hazell and Georgia Elwiss in a provisional squad of 18.

The World Twenty20 will be the first joint men's and women's competition.

The initial stages of the Women's World Twenty20 will be played at Taunton, before they come together for the semi-finals and final - the latter to be played at Lord's on 21 June.

"We have enjoyed all the accolades after winning the World Cup and it has been an exciting time for us all but now we are fully focussed on winning the ICC World Twenty20," said captain Charlotte Edwards.

"This tournament offers the greatest chance ever to promote women's cricket with the women's semi-finals and final on the same day, same ticket and in front of the same crowd as the men's matches," she added.

Edwards stressed the importance of consistent selection in England's success but said she hoped Birch, Elwiss and Hazell would "push the other girls for their spots".

She added: "Before the World Cup I'd have said our best chance this year was probably in the Twenty20. We've got a young side, a good fielding side and some hard hitters, so I think this is a tournament we'll do well in."

England squad: Caroline Atkins (Sussex), Rosalie Birch (Sussex), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Holly Colvin (Sussex), Charlotte Edwards (capt, Kent), Georgia Elwiss (Staffordshire), Lydia Greenway (Kent), Lauren Griffiths (Cheshire), Isa Guha (Berkshire), Jenny Gunn (Middlesex), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), Laura Marsh (Sussex), Beth Morgan (Middlesex), Ebony Rainford-Brent (Surrey), Nicola Shaw (Surrey), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Claire Taylor (Berkshire), Sarah Taylor (wk, Sussex).

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see also
World Cup joy for England women
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Women's World Twenty20 2009
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