CRICKET: Shrubsole, Brunt and Knight in Ashes return
Experienced trio Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole have been named in England’s women squad aiming to retain the Ashes in Australia.
All three missed the recent tour of the West Indies through injury but are available for the Australia trip.
The multi-format series opens with a Test match in Perth on January 10 before three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 games.
England won the home series convincingly during the summer.
Captain Charlotte Edwards will lead the side in all three formats.
Lancashire bowler Kathryn Cross, who made her international debut in the West Indies tour, is included in the Test and One-Day International squads, with Kent's Natasha Farrant replacing her for the Twenty20 series.
The multi-format series sees six points awarded for a Test win and two points for each One-Day International and Twenty20 victory.
England won the home series 12-4.
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