Tammy Beaumont to lead England Academy side in UAE tour

England Women's Tammy Beaumont
Beaumont has played 23 ODIs for England Women since her debut in 2009

Kent's Tammy Beaumont will captain an England Women's Academy squad against their Australian counterparts in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Ashes winners Georgia Elwiss and Natasha Farrant, plus Lauren Winfield and Amy Jones have also been selected.

The 14-strong squad plays four 50-over matches in Dubai from 2-8 April, then two Twenty20 games on 11 and 12 April.

England Women's Cricket boss Clare Connor said players would get valuable experience in tough conditions.

With key events coming up, like the Ashes series this summer, she added it was "critical" the country's most talented young players were exposed "to as many high pressure cricket situations as possible".

England squad: Tammy Beaumont (Kent, capt), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex, vice-capt), Stephanie Butler (Staffs), Jodie Dibble (Devon), Natasha Farrant (Kent), Alex Hartley (Middlesex), Amy Jones (Warwickshire, wk), Evelyn Jones (Staffs), Beth Langston (Essex), Sophie Luff (Somerset), Alex MacDonald (Gloucestershire), Sonia Odedra (Berkshire), Fran Wilson (Middlesex), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire).