England spinner Alex Hartley returns for New Zealand ODIs
Last Updated: 02/07/18 2:38pm
Spinner Alex Hartley has been included in England Women's squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand.
The 24-year-old was dropped for the ODI series against South Africa and the Vitality IT20 Tri-series, after the emergence of off-spinner teenage Sophie Ecclestone.
Hartley, who took 10 wickets for England at the World Cup, claimed only one victim in the three matches against India in March, in which Ecclestone took 10 scalps as she picked up four-wicket hauls in two successive games.
Seamer Katie George, who impressed during the Tri-series, has also been included as Dani Hazell misses out.
"I've been pleased with how we've played this summer, in both 50-over and IT20 cricket," head coach Mark Robinson said.
"We've got a bit of competition for places, which is healthy, and as such we've got a group of players pushing each other to improve all the time.
"It's good to have Alex Hartley back with the group and Katie George has had a promising start to her career at this level and we look forward to taking on New Zealand."
Watch England Women take on New Zealand in the first one-day international live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10.30am on Saturday.
England squad: Heather Knight (captain, Berkshire), Tammy Beaumont (Kent), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire), Katie George (Hampshire), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire), Alex Hartley (Lancashire), Amy Jones (wicketkeeper, Warwickshire), Laura Marsh (Kent), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Nat Sciver (Surrey), Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper, Sussex), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danni Wyatt (Sussex)