The ECB have announced two England Women's Academy Squads to play Australia in two games. The first is a two day game at Loughborough this weekend, and the second is a three day game at Beckenham CC from 5th to 7th August. They have also announced that the Test squad will not be announced until after this weekend's fixture, which means that those playing have one last chance to impress.
Three of the England Women's squad that played in the recent Ashes ODI series are included in the team for Loughborough - Georgia Elwiss, Amy Jones and Laura Marsh. Contracted players Tammy Beaumont (captain), Tash Farrant, Danielle Hazell and Danielle Wyatt also play, in what looks like a strong Academy line-up.
In the three day game the following week the EWA will be bolstered by four young Surrey male players, presumably with a view to providing Australia with some "tougher" opposition and to rest any players potentially playing in the Test Match which starts on 11th August. Tammy Beaumont again captains, with Farrant, Hazell and Wyatt again selected.
EWA v Australia, Loughborough University, 1st & 2nd August
EWA v Australia, Beckenham CC, 5th to 7th August
Harry Alderson (Surrey Boy)
Harriharan Aravin (Surrey Boy)
Ajeet Dale (Surrey Boy)
Omar Ramzen (Surrey Boy)