Three uncapped players in England’s WT20 squad

Three uncapped players in England’s WT20 squad

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London, Oct 4: Left-arm spinners Linsey Smith and Kirstie Gordon, and leg-spinning all-rounder Sophia Dunkley have all received their maiden England call-ups for this November's World T20 in the Caribbean.

Among those to miss out are middle-order batter Fran Wilson and another left-arm spinner Alex Hartley. It was confirmed previously that wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor would miss the tournament as she continues to manage her anxiety.

Smith, Gordon, and Dunkley have all impressed during this year's Women's Cricket Super League. Gordon, who has previously represented Scotland, was the leading wicket-taker in the competition, with 17 wickets, and also conceded only 6.05 runs per over during the tournament, an ICC report today said.

Smith has been one of the tournament's stars since its inaugural edition, sitting sixth on the list of all-time WCSL wicket-takers with 24 scalps, and having conceded under a run a ball across the three seasons to boot. By that token, Hartley can consider herself unlucky. She is the competition's all-time joint-leading wicket-taker, with 27 wickets.

Dunkley meanwhile has impressed with her ability to perform under pressure. She top-scored with 30 in the 2017 Finals Day to lift her side to three figures, and then this season became the first non-international to score a WCSL fifty, scoring 66 off 43 balls to rescue Surrey Stars from 18/4 in the tournament's first game.

That knock remains the highest by anyone batting at No.6 or lower in the WCSL, WBBL, and WT20Is combined. Wilson, her Midddlesex team-mate also showed she was a player for the big occasion on Finals Day 2018, scoring an unbeaten half-century as her Western Storm almost chased down 163.

It is possible that Dunkley's leg-spin, which saw her claim the vital wicket of England and Storm captain Heather Knight for 34 in that game, provide the difference. She is England's first leg-spinner since the retirement of Charlotte Edwards. England's World T20 campaign begins on November 10 against Sri Lanka.

Squad: Heather Knight (c), Danni Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones (wk), Jenny Gunn, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Linsey Smith, Kirstie Gordon, Danielle Hazell, Lauren Winfield, Tash Farrant. (UNI)