Arran Brindle recalled to England women's cricket team

Arran Brindle
Brindle was part of the team who won the women's Ashes in 2005

All-rounder Arran Brindle has been recalled by England women for two four-nation tournaments after a five-year self-imposed international exile.

The 29-year-old from Lincolnshire, returns with opener Sarah Taylor for 20-over and 50-over series against Australia, India and New Zealand.

Brindle, who last played for England in December 2005 before announcing a break in June 2006, is in a squad of 14.

"Nothing can replace the feeling of pulling on an England shirt," she said.

Before deciding on her indefinite break from international cricket, Brindle had been part of the team which won the women's Ashes against Australia in the summer of 2005.

Two years ago, she told the BBC she was enjoying captaining a men's team in Louth and had no intention of returning to England duty in the forseeable future.

But her position changed when she was named in an England Academy squad for a training camp in India in April.

"It's been fantastic to have been involved with the England Academy Programme over the winter and to make the step back up to the full squad so quickly is a dream come true.... I look forward to the next challenge of getting into the starting eleven," she added.

Sarah Taylor, 21, who is also the wicketkeeper, is back in the squad after opting to take a break from international cricket over the winter and the 35-year-old Claire Taylor is fully recovered from the shoulder injury which forced her to return home from the tour of Australia in January.

Their inclusion, plus that of Brindle, will add strength to an England batting line-up which also features skipper Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway.

But the selectors have also maintained a youthful element to the squad with Heather Knight, Fran Wilson and Danielle Wyatt keeping their places and seamer Anya Shrubsole preferred to the more experienced Isa Guha.

The Twenty20 competition begins on 23 June when Australia play India and England take on New Zealand and the teams will play each other on a round-robin basis with the top two going through to the final at the Rose Bowl four days later.

The 50-over series gets under way on 30 June, with the same opening fixtures as the T20 tournament, and the final will take place at Wormsley or Aston Rowant on 7 July.

England squad: C Edwards (capt), J Gunn (vice-capt), A Brindle, K Brunt, H Colvin, D Hazell, H Knight, L Greenway, L Marsh, A Shrubsole, C Taylor, S Taylor, F Wilson, D Wyatt.

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