A group of English newcomers who made the most of their opportunities at international level in 2022 have been rewarded with pivotal deals for next year.
Alice Capsey, Freya Kemp, Lauren Bell and Issy Wong made their international debuts over the recently concluded English summer and join Charlie Dean and Emma Lamb, who made their country debuts late last year, as the six newcomers Faces in the ECB Central Contract Player. Roster for 2022-23.
Eliminated from the 18-man roster, up from 17 in 2021-22, were leadoff hitter Lauren Winfield-Hill, spinner Mady Villiers, versatiles Georgia Elwiss and Katie George, and retired Anya Shrubsole and Fran Wilson.
All-rounder Capsey, who turned 18 in August, has established herself at the highest level after being on England’s radar after a successful season in the first Hundred competition in 2021. She got her chance during the Tour of South Africa just before this year’s Commonwealth. Games in which she was the host nation’s leading run scorer and seventh overall behind a star-studded top six.
Kemp, 17, who won the Cricket Writers’ Club Emerging Cricket Player of the Year and PCA Women’s Young Player of the Year awards, became the second youngest woman to score for England in half a century, unbeaten with 51 of 37 balls against India in September after initially being selected as a left-arm sailor.
Fast right-arm forwards Wong and Bell made their England debuts in June’s friendly against South Africa at Taunton. Opening batsman Lamb, who made her international debut in her only career T20I appearance in September 2021 against New Zealand, also played in the June test before scoring 102, 67 and 65 as England won the ODI stage of the tournament. South Africa tour.
Dean, who impressed in the home series against New Zealand just over a year ago, had a strong showing at the 50+ World Cup earlier in 2022 and has now made 22 appearances in all formats for England. He took eight wickets, including a best of 4 of 53, in the summer ODI series with South Africa and three wickets and 108 runs, the second-highest among England players, in three ODIs against India in September.
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Jonathan Finch, director of England Women’s Cricket, said the addition of six new players “gives a new look to the group”.
“We have a really exciting 12 months of cricket ahead of us and we believe that this group of players will form the foundation of our team that will take us through several bilateral series, the Women’s Ashes and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup,” said Finch. .
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England are recruiting a new women’s head coach ahead of the T20 World Cup in South Africa early next year after Australia’s Lisa Keightley opted not to extend her contract.