Sophia Dunkley Returns to England Squad For New Zealand ODIs

English women’s player Sophia Dunkley has been recalled to England’s ODI squad for the upcoming home series against New Zealand. This follows her earlier loss of a top-order position during the winter series against the same team. Dunkley’s return to the squad highlights the selectors’ confidence in her abilities and offers her a chance to re-establish her place in the lineup as England prepares to face New Zealand once again.

Jon Lewis Announced England’s Squad:

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Earlier this year in New Zealand, England secured a 4-1 victory in the T20I series and a 2-1 win in the ODIs. They have yet to announce their T20I squad for a subsequent five-match series against New Zealand, scheduled for Durham on June 26, Worcester on June 30, and Bristol on July 3.

Jon Lewis, head coach of the England Women’s team, praised the 14-player squad chosen for their upcoming series. He expressed confidence in their readiness for the challenges ahead, stressing teamwork and each player’s unique skills. Lewis emphasized the squad’s dedication to representing England with determination. His remarks highlighted strategic planning and optimism as they prepare for upcoming matches.

Lewis said, “We have named the same squad who finished the recent series against Pakistan. I felt we played some solid 50-over cricket in that series and have had excellent results over the past 18 months. We welcomed Sophia Dunkley back into the squad at the end of the Pakistan series as her performance across the domestic game has been outstanding and she earned the right to be back in this squad through performance.”

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Lewis encouraged Dunkley to regain her top form, noting her continued consideration for the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in October. Despite losing her place after low scores in New Zealand, including three T20I and one ODI innings without reaching double figures, Dunkley remains a contender for future selection.

England ODI squad: Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Filer, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Danielle Wyatt

Kate Cross and Lauren Bell will lead England’s seam attack, supported by promising fast bowler Lauren Filer, in their upcoming matches against the White Ferns. Coach Jon Lewis expressed his intention to utilize all three England spinners—Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, and Charlie Dean—as much as possible in the ODI series against New Zealand. All three spinners have been included in the squad, underscoring their importance in England’s bowling strategy. The White Ferns will face the absence of injured pace bowler Rosemary Mair and seamer Lea Tahuhu, who is set to join the T20I squad following the birth of her second child.

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Sophia Dunkley’s Previous Performance:

Since her innings of 57 runs during England’s tour of West Indies in December 2022, Dunkley has struggled in ODI matches, failing to exceed 13 runs in five innings. Similarly, in T20I matches since her half-century against Australia in Birmingham last July, she has not managed to score more than 32 runs in nine innings.

Dunkley joined England’s 50-over squad for the final two matches of their series against Pakistan last month but did not get to play. She was listed as the 12th player for the second match in Taunton, which was abandoned due to rain after only 6.5 overs were bowled. Despite being on the squad, she missed the opportunity to participate in the game due to the weather conditions.

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English women's player Sophia Dunkley has been recalled to England's ODI squad for the upcoming home series against New Zealand. This follows her earlier loss of a top-order position during the winter series against the same team. Dunkley's return to the squad highlights the selectors' confidence in her abilities and offers her a chance to re-establish her place in the lineup as England prepares to face New Zealand once again.

Jon Lewis Announced England’s Squad:

Earlier this year in New Zealand, England secured a 4-1 victory in the T20I series and a 2-1 win in the ODIs. They have yet to announce their T20I squad for a subsequent five-match series against New Zealand, scheduled for Durham on June 26, Worcester on June 30, and Bristol on July 3.

Jon Lewis, head coach of the England Women's team, praised the 14-player squad chosen for their upcoming series. He expressed confidence in their readiness for the challenges ahead, stressing teamwork and each player's unique skills. Lewis emphasized the squad's dedication to representing England with determination. His remarks highlighted strategic planning and optimism as they prepare for upcoming matches.

Lewis said, "We have named the same squad who finished the recent series against Pakistan. I felt we played some solid 50-over cricket in that series and have had excellent results over the past 18 months. We welcomed Sophia Dunkley back into the squad at the end of the Pakistan series as her performance across the domestic game has been outstanding and she earned the right to be back in this squad through performance."

Lewis encouraged Dunkley to regain her top form, noting her continued consideration for the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh in October. Despite losing her place after low scores in New Zealand, including three T20I and one ODI innings without reaching double figures, Dunkley remains a contender for future selection.

England ODI squad: Heather Knight (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Filer, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Danielle Wyatt

Kate Cross and Lauren Bell will lead England's seam attack, supported by promising fast bowler Lauren Filer, in their upcoming matches against the White Ferns. Coach Jon Lewis expressed his intention to utilize all three England spinners—Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, and Charlie Dean—as much as possible in the ODI series against New Zealand. All three spinners have been included in the squad, underscoring their importance in England's bowling strategy. The White Ferns will face the absence of injured pace bowler Rosemary Mair and seamer Lea Tahuhu, who is set to join the T20I squad following the birth of her second child.

Sophia Dunkley’s Previous Performance:

Since her innings of 57 runs during England's tour of West Indies in December 2022, Dunkley has struggled in ODI matches, failing to exceed 13 runs in five innings. Similarly, in T20I matches since her half-century against Australia in Birmingham last July, she has not managed to score more than 32 runs in nine innings.

Dunkley joined England's 50-over squad for the final two matches of their series against Pakistan last month but did not get to play. She was listed as the 12th player for the second match in Taunton, which was abandoned due to rain after only 6.5 overs were bowled. Despite being on the squad, she missed the opportunity to participate in the game due to the weather conditions.

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