England have announced their 15-member squad for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 in South Africa.
Alice Capsey has been named in the 15-member squad that will travel to South Africa for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup. However, Head Coach Jon Lewis has suggested that she is yet to fully recover from the broken collarbone sustained during the tour of the West Indies in December 2022.
Speaking on her fitness, Lewis said, "We hope Alice is fit enough, she’s worked incredibly hard alongside the medical staff to get to this point and we’ll give her every chance, but as we saw in the Caribbean the depth of talent and skill in the squad is growing fast, and winning tournaments is about everyone collectively embracing the moment and enjoying the journey."
England have kept faith in their current crop of players and retained a majority of the T20I squad that whitewashed West Indies 5-0. Apart from Capsey, Kate Cross is the other addition to the squad. Issy Wong and Dani Gibson will travel with the squad as reserves.
Heather Knight is set to lead the team for the third T20 World Cup in a row. England are placed in Group B alongside India, Ireland, Pakistan and West Indies.
To get in the groove for the marquee event, England are set to play New Zealand in three warm-up matches before the official ICC warm-up games begin.
Squad: Heather Knight (c), Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Katherine Sciver-Brunt, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt.
Travelling Reserves: Issy Wong, Dani Gibson.
Speaking on the squad, Lewis added, "It’s always exciting to name a World Cup squad, and there’s a great deal of talent in this group.
"We saw a lot of good things in the West Indies, a lot of progress around shifting our mindset as a team, and I’m excited to see how we take that into the challenge of a global tournament."
“It’s an honour for me to lead a team into a World Cup and I know that we will be giving it everything we have got, not only to show everyone who we are as a team and how we want to play, but also to keep inspiring people to play the game we all love so much.”
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