With the multi-format series beginning on Thursday here are four players to keep a close eye on
ODIs: 8 matches, 179 runs at 35.80; 5 wickets at 44.20
T20Is: 3 matches, 86 runs, strike-rate 134.37
ODIs: 8 matches, 156 runs at 31.20
T20Is: 21 matches, 149 runs at 21.28, strike-rate 101.36; 1 wicket
In England’s warm-ups against England A in Australia, Dunkley struck 15 off 12 balls in the rain-affected 35-over match, where her sharp fielding was also on display with three catches, while in the two T20s, she hit 10 off eight and 17 off 10. Her legspin has been used sparingly by England but she provides another option while her batting is key.
T20Is: 1 match, 1 wicket
It feels like Darcie Brown, the 18-year-old quick bowler, is on the verge of taking the cricket world by storm. Capable of rapid late outswing and also possessing one of the best bouncers in the game, Brown has put together two impressive WBBL seasons – 29 wickets across the two editions at an economy under a run-a-ball – and earned her first call-up for last year’s tour of New Zealand.
T20Is: 5 matches, 10 wickets at 19.20, economy 4.64
Dean had been in line to feature earlier in New Zealand’s tour when she was named in England’s squad for their three-match T20I series before she and Maia Bouchier had to isolate as possible contacts of a suspected Covid case in their Southern Vipers team. Fifty overs is Dean’s preferred format at this stage and that may be where she features most heavily in this Ashes series, but her ability to deceive batters by generating plenty of overspin and drop makes her a valuable addition for England.