England Women name T20 World Cup squad with all-rounder Georgia Elwiss earning recall

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Captain Heather Knight will want to improve on the runners-up finish England achieved two years ago - Action Images via Reuters

England Women have announced the squad they hope can succeed in reclaiming the ICC Women's Twenty20 World Cup, with the 2020 tournament starting in Australia next month.

Captain Heather Knight's side, beaten finalists in 2018, are aiming to win the event for the first time since 2009.

The 15-strong group features one change from the squad that won the T20 series 3-0 against Pakistan in December, with all-rounder Georgia Elwiss taking the place of Kirstie Gordon.

Prior to the Women's T20 World Cup, which will be Lisa Keightley's first tournament as head coach, England will start with a tri-series against tournament hosts Australia and India. 

England's first match of the T20 World Cup is against South Africa on Sunday Feb 23, after two warm up-fixtures against New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The tournament runs from Feb 21 to Mar 8 with the final being held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Keightley said: "It's really exciting to name our squad for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup and we're looking forward to getting out there and getting underway.

"It was very useful to join the group in Malaysia and watch how they were getting on and since then we've had a training block out in La Manga.

"There are few better feelings in cricket than representing your country in a World Cup and I know everyone's really looking forward to the challenge."

After returning from Australia, Keightley and England's next fixtures will be back on home soil against India and South Africa in the summer.

England will host both teams for two Vitality IT20s and a Royal London Series comprising of four one-day internationals, ahead of the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup, to be held in New Zealand. 

T20 World Cup squad in full

Heather Knight (cap, Berkshire)

Tammy Beaumont (Kent)

Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)

Kate Cross (Lancashire)

Freya Davies (Sussex)

Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)

Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)

Sarah Glenn (Worcestershire)

Amy Jones (wicketkeeper, Warwickshire)

Nat Sciver (Surrey)

Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire)

Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)

Fran Wilson (Kent)

Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

Mady Villiers (Essex)