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England call for uncapped pair

England Women have called up uncapped spin duo Jodie Dibble and Rebecca Grundy for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh next month.

Devon's Dibble and Warwickshire's Grundy are part of a 15-player squad which includes five changes to the squad that retained the Women's Ashes in Australia last month.

Top-order batters Tammy Beaumont and Fran Wilson have been recalled after impressing for the Academy in Sri Lanka earlier this month, with Beaumont hitting nearly 300 runs at an 74.75, including an unbeaten 140 in the final 50-over match.

Experienced right-arm spinner Danielle Hazell will potentially win her 50th Twenty20 International cap during the tournament.

ECB Head of England Women's Cricket, Clare Connor, said: "The depth of talent currently available within the England women's high performance set-up is such that, despite the retirement of Arran Brindle and injuries to fast bowlers, Katherine Brunt and Natasha Farrant, the selectors have still been able to pick a strong and balanced squad for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

"We have opted for a mix of proven international performers such as Lydia Greenway and Sarah Taylor, alongside exciting fresh talents Jodie Dibble and Rebecca Grundy.

"Both Jodie and Rebecca have developed enormously over the last couple of years and they thoroughly deserve this opportunity. As young spinners, there is no better place in the world to ply your trade than the subcontinent and I hope that they enjoy and learn from the experience.

"We are also delighted to see Tammy Beaumont and Fran Wilson back in the squad. Their performances during the recent England Women's Academy tour to Sri Lanka were an important part of the team's success out there, and I'm sure that they will be aiming to carry this form forward to Bangladesh.

"Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt will, of course, be disappointed not to be included in the squad, having both played in the Women's Ashes series in Australia last month. They are both high class players and will remain in the selectors' thoughts once the domestic season gets underway in April. Laura Marsh will also be hoping to come back strong this summer, as she continues to undergo rehabilitation on her shoulder injury.

"It is a very exciting time for the England Women's cricket team. The back-to-back Ashes triumphs, in addition to the news last week about the pay increases for the players, put us in a healthy position. I look forward to seeing what this group of players can achieve on the field in Bangladesh."