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Helsby's Sophie Ecclestone called up by England for West Indies tour

The 17-year-old from Helsby could make her one-day international (ODI) bow

Julian Herbert/Getty Images England captain Heather Knight presents Sophie Ecclestone with her cap before the Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Bristol
England captain Heather Knight presents Sophie Ecclestone with her cap before the Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Bristol

Sophie Ecclestone has been called up by the England women's cricket team for the tour of the West Indies.

The 17-year-old from Helsby could make her one-day international bow after debuting for the national Twenty20 side against Pakistan in July.

The Lancashire left-arm spinner is part of a 15-strong squad which will play a five-match series against the West Indies in Jamaica next month.

She came through the ranks at Alvanley CC and has also played for Chester Boughton Hall and Cheshire's women's teams.

Ecclestone tweeted she was 'buzzing' after the call up.

England Women’s head coach Mark Robinson said the teenager had played too well this summer to be left out.

He said: “Sophie Ecclestone’s inclusion is a reward for all the promise she showed against Pakistan.

"The summer series couldn't have gone any better in terms of results, but more importantly the manner in which we went about playing our cricket was really pleasing.

Sophie Ecclestone, 16, took a stunning 3-15 on her first XI debut for Alvanley CC
Sophie Ecclestone in action for Alvanley CC

“This tour to the West Indies will now give us a good idea of how far we have come.

"The heat of Jamaica and the ability of the West Indies team will test our skills, fitness and mental strength. Everyone is hugely excited by the challenge ahead."

Ecclestone will hope to keep impressing and make sure she holds onto her place for when the England women travel to Sri Lanka in November to contest their final round of the ICC Women’s Championship.

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