12th Man - Jones
I cannot see England going into a four day Test at Wormsley, which is a slow low good batting track, without two spinners and there are only two in the squad - Dani Hazell and Becky Grundy. Anya Shrubsole and Kate Cross will open the bowling and England will just be hoping that Shrubsole can stay fit. Last year, against the Aussies, she bowled 27 overs in the first innings and 20 in the second. That is a huge workload given that the girls never bowl more than 10 overs in any other game they play. It is even bigger when you have only got 10 overs under your belt in competitive cricket this domestic season. Shrubsole was the bowler of the tournament in the recent T20 World Cup and England will hope she can return in the same great form.
As back-up seamers England have Jenny Gunn and Nat Sciver. Both may need to bowl plenty of overs if Mithali Raj and co get in on the Wormsley track.
As for the batting line-up I think Edwards may drop herself down the order as she did last year to try and shore up a sometimes rocky middle-order. This would open the way for Tammy Beaumont to open with the new vice-captain Heather Knight. Beaumont has had a great domestic season opening for Kent, but can she convert that into runs for England? In 35 innings for England her highest score is just 44. Most, if not all, of these knocks have been in the England middle-order. I don't think she has ever opened for England*. This could be her opportunity and it may be the making of her. (*She has - once in T20 and seven times in ODIs)
Personally I would like to see Nat Sciver pushed up the order and told to concentrate on her batting, rather than being played as an all-rounder. She is a sweet striker of a ball, and in the shorter format of the game England need to use her wisely. But for the odd Test then six is probably not a bad slot. That leaves Lydia Greenway and Jenny Gunn as frontline batsmen. Both are hugely experienced, but the pressure will be on them both to perform in this series. Gunn has had a decent season with the bat for Notts, but Greenway has struggled for Kent and will be anxious to get some runs under her belt sooner rather than later in this series.
Fingers crossed for four great days of Test Cricket at Wormsley. Aside from the cricket, the ECB Cricket Factory will be at Wormsley for the first two days (13th / 14th August) offering a plethora of fun activities for children.