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ECB Announce Women’s Ashes T20I Squad: England all-rounder Daniella Gibson gets her first call-up for the Ashes T20I series. As the Ashes match have started on June 22 the match schedules for T20I and ODI between England and Australian women is about to be held on upcoming dates.
Danielle Gibson Earns First Full White-ball Call-up
Danielle Gibson was named in England squad for the Ashes T20I series set to play against Australia. Gibson who represents Western Storm, was a part of England’s team for the Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year, was also gets named in the Squad for the Ashes test which was confirmed recently.
There is no place for opener Tammy Beaumont, nor seam bowler Lauren Filer, despite their impressive performance in the Women’s Ashes Test at Trent Bridge to open the series.
England also had in mind about bringing Issy Wong, which was done successfully after she missed the bus for the World Cup in February this year.
The Fast Bowler put on quite a performance in the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League, taking down 15 wickets for the champions Mumbai Indians. Only Meg Lanning and Nat Sciver-Brunt who was a national side team-mate had taken more than Gibson (16 each).
Following June 26 test match, the women’s Ashes series will follow the shortest format with the first of the three T20I will be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham on July 1st. The following games will be held on Oval and Lord’s In London dated July 5 and 8 respectively.
England are looking for some fresh start as they are trying to turn the tables in the series. Keeping that in mind, they choose to name Danielle Gibson in the squad which is said to be her first T20 series call-up after travelling to the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup as a travelling backup in February.
After missing out on selection for the World Cup, Issy Wong will feature in England Women’s A T20 matches against Australia.
Jon Lewis About Danielle Gibson Joining
England Women’s coach Jon Lewis said, “We’re really looking forward to our T20s in the next part of our Ashes Series.
“A number of those selected have performed exceptionally well for England A in their short format fixtures and it’s great to have them back with us.
“Danielle Gibson is selected for the first time in our T20I squad, she is in great form at regional level and has the potential to impact the game whenever she is called upon.
“Issy Wong returns to the T20 squad after her success in the Women’s Premier League with Mumbai Indians, it will be exciting to see how she has progressed and grown from those experiences.
“We look forward to playing these three matches and putting on a show for everyone to enjoy.”
Gibson was in the Western Storm squad in the Women’s Cricket Super League between 2017 and 2019. Whilst she did not play a match in 2017, in 2018 she was ever-present as her side reached the semi-final. She took 5 wickets at an average of 27.20. She only appeared in one match in 2019 due to injury.
In 2020, Gibson continued to play for Western Storm in the 2020 Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. She appeared in one match, scoring 33* in a victory over Sunrisers. In December 2020, it was announced that Gibson was one of the 41 female cricketers that had signed a full-time domestic contract.
England Women’s Ashes T20I Squad
Heather Knight (captain), Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Danielle Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver-Brunt (vice-captain), Issy Wong, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danielle Wyatt