England women to hone World T20 plans in series with India and Australia

Heather Knight batting for England against Australia
Knight's England failed to regain the Ashes this winter against Australia

England women will use the tri-series with India and Australia to hone their plans for the World Twenty20 in November, says captain Heather Knight.

England have three uncapped players in their squad and play their first game against Australia in Mumbai on Friday.

"Success or failure might not necessarily be seen on the field," Knight told BBC Sport.

"We want to win and we will be judged on that, but success might also be finding out about players."

Opener Bryony Smith made a half-century in a warm-up win against India A, and 18-year-old left-arm pace bowler Katie George followed up with a hat-trick in a second victory against the same opponents.

The pair, alongside all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards, could make their debuts against Australia, who successfully chased India's 152-5 with 11 balls to spare for a six-wicket win on Thursday.

England, the 50-over world champions, will be without pace bowler Anya Shrubsole, who has a shoulder injury, while wicketkeeper Amy Jones is a doubt because of illness.

"It's about seeing if there are some youngsters that can fill some areas where we haven't been so strong in T20 recently," said 27-year-old Knight.

"They have been training with us throughout the winter and they are here because they have impressed. They have started brilliantly in the warm-up games and they are pushing for selection."

England 'trying some fresh faces'

England have lost only four of their past 18 T20s.

At the World T20, they were champions in 2009, beaten finalists in 2012 and 2014 and lost in the semi-finals two years ago.

They have travelled to India without six of the squad that won the 50-over World Cup on home soil in 2017.

Pace bowler Katherine Brunt has a back injury, while wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor, who returned to the game last summer after a year out with an anxiety-related issue, has been rested.

"India is quite a tough place to tour and I guess pushes a lot of Sarah's buttons," said Knight.

"The main thing is to get her right and in a position where she can tour places like this in the future. That will come eventually but at the moment this is a good time for her to rest."

Opener Lauren Winfield and off-spinner Laura Marsh, who both played in the World Cup final, have been left out.

"We identified this tour to try some fresh faces and so some very good cricketers have been left at home. They were tough decisions to make," said Knight.

"The door isn't closed on those players. There will be chances for them and other players to prove their worth."

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