Tash Farrant returns as English name group for New Zealand tour

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Former national team regular Tash Farrant returns to the England squad for their tour of New Zealand next month, in their first overseas series since the start of the pandemic.

England The women are set to spend more than a month in New Zealand for three ODIs and three T20s across the country, more than 11 months after their unfortunate outing in the T20 World Cup semi-finals in Melbourne.

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The first ODI will be played on February 23 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, before moving on to the University of Otago Oval for the other two. The T20s will be played at Wellington’s Sky Stadium and Auckland’s Eden Park, before concluding the tour on March 7 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

When they embark on their trip on January 24, they will be without vice-captain Anya Shrubsole who is missing a knee injury, but left arm couturier Farrant will travel with the team for the first time since October 2018.

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Farrant, 24, was among the first batch of England cricketers to be awarded full-time contracts in 2014, but two years ago she was kicked out of the program. Last year she was awarded one of the ECB’s 40 full-time domestic contracts, having spent more than a year as a coach to fund her playing career. His performance at the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy last summer, at the helm of the South East Stars, impressed England selectors enough to revive his international career.

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