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England's women recall experienced trio for their Ashes defence

Clare Connor (left): Delighted to welcome back trio for Ashes defence

Clare Connor (left): Delighted to welcome back trio for Ashes defence

Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole have been recalled by England for their Ashes defence in Australia.

The experienced trio all missed the recent tour of the West Indies because of injury.

But all three have returned to fitness to re-join a 15-strong squad for the series Down Under, which includes matches in all three formats and gets under way in the New Year.

"We are pleased to welcome three of our most senior players back to the squad for what promises to be a very competitive series against one of the strongest sides in the women's world game."

Clare Connor

Lancashire bowler Kathryn Cross is retained in the Test and ODI squad after making her debut in the West Indies with Kent's Natasha Farrant replacing Cross in an otherwise unchanged squad for the T20 series.

England, who will be led by Charlotte Edwards in all three formats, will contest one Test Match, three One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals against their hosts.

Welcome back

ECB Head of England Women's cricket Clare Connor said: "We are pleased to welcome three of our most senior players back to the squad for what promises to be a very competitive series against one of the strongest sides in the women's world game.

"Last summer's series in England was watched by more spectators than ever before and the international women's game will gain further exposure this winter with all three T20 internationals being played as double headers prior to the men's T20 fixtures.

"The England Women's team also continues to gain wider recognition for its achievements and we were delighted to see the squad nominated for the Team of the Year award at last week's Sunday Times Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

"But there can be no room for complacency on our part and we must continue to perform at a very high level if we are to achieve our twin objectives this winter - retaining the Ashes in Australia and winning the Women's World T20 tournament in Bangladesh."

The first Ashes Test starts on 10 January 2014 in Perth.

England Women's Ashes Test and ODI Squads:

Charlotte Edwards (capt, Kent), Arran Brindle (Sussex), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Kathryn Cross (Lancashire), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Lydia Greenway (Kent), Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Heather Knight (Berkshire), Natalie Sciver (Surrey), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Sarah Taylor (Sussex), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire)

England Women's Ashes T20 Squad:

Charlotte Edwards (capt, Kent), Arran Brindle (Sussex), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Natasha Farrant (Kent), Lydia Greenway (Kent), Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Heather Knight (Berkshire), Natalie Sciver (Surrey), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Sarah Taylor (Sussex), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire)