Somerset’s Sophie Luff has been named in the England Women’s Academy squad for the tour of Sri Lanka that starts later this month.
The 22 year old is included in the 15 strong party that will take part in a one-day tri-series against their Sri Lankan and Australian counterparts starting on March 27th .
The Somerset Women’s vice captain scored three centuries and helped Somerset to gain promotion back to the top division at the end of 2015 and after hearing of her selection said: “It’s always exciting to be involved in an Academy tour. The fact that’s it’s a tri-series should set up a really competitive tour which will be a great experience before the start of the 2016 season. The squad has a good mixture of experienced players as well as some younger players, so it will be brilliant if we can gel quickly and produce some good team performances!”
She added: “On a personal note, it’s an opportunity for me to put in some good performances with the bat, as well as trying to implement some of the things I’ve been working hard on this winter.”
The England Academy will play six 50-over matches and two Twenty20 fixtures, with the action getting underway against the Shooting Stars on Sunday 27th March at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.
The three week tour will be overseen by ECB’s Women’s and Girls’ High Performance Manager, Jonathan Finch with support from former England and Sussex bowler James Kirtley as well as former Leicestershire batsman and current England Development Programme coach Tim Boon.
Speaking about the tour, England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson, said: “The volume and standard of international women’s cricket has stepped up a gear over the last 18 months and it’s therefore really important that we expose as many players as possible to overseas conditions and pressurised match situations. The seven tour matches will provide a good challenge for all of the players to test their skills and aim to impress ahead of the start of the domestic summer.
“I am also delighted that we have been able to add James Kirtley and Tim Boon as assistant coaches for this tour. Both have a huge amount of playing and coaching experience and I am certain that their input will be valuable to all of the players.”
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