England Women have today announced their squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup, with captain Heather Knight and wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor included subject to completing their return to full fitness.

Heather Knight (captain, Berkshire)
Tammy Beaumont (Kent)
Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)
Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)
Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire)
Alex Hartley (Lancashire)
Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)
Beth Langston (Yorkshire)
Laura Marsh (Kent)
Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)
Nat Sciver (Surrey)
Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper, Sussex)
Fran Wilson (Middlesex)
Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)
Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

England Women’s first match of the 11th Women’s World Cup, the third tournament under the auspices of ICC, will come against India in front of a sell-out crowd at Derby on 24 June and Knight is on course to lead out the side, should her recovery continue as scheduled.

Knight will take control of a young squad, with five players in the group – Alex Hartley, Beth Langston, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson and Lauren Winfield – set to experience their first 50-over World Cup. By contrast, Katherine Brunt, twice a World Cup winner, will take part in her fourth 50-over World Cup.

More experience comes in the form of all-rounders Jenny Gunn and Laura Marsh, who were also part of England’s winning side in 2009, alongside Taylor and current vice-captain Anya Shrubsole.

Knight, who has been recovering from a metatarsal stress fracture to her left foot, has led England to victory in six series as captain since taking over in June 2016.

Reacting to the squad announcement, England Captain Heather Knight added: “It’s such a dream to captain England in a World Cup on home soil; it’s not something that many cricketers can say they’ve done and it’s a real honour. There’s so much potential in this group of players and the opportunity ahead of us is really exciting.

“I’m very proud of all the girls in this squad, as cricketers and people. We’re a young group but we’ve made massive strides over the past 12 months and everyone has worked so hard. We know it’s going to be a tough tournament – and we won’t go in as favourites – but backed by home support we’ll do our best to challenge for the trophy.”