Thatscricket - Women's - News - We want to stamp our authority says Connor
Published: Friday, October 11, 2002, 18:46 [IST]
Courtesy: England and Wales Cricket Board
ECB announces 14-member Eng squad
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Bangalore: Englands captain Clare Connor wanted England to stamp its authority in the forthcoming quadrangular One-day series to be held in New Zealand. England and Wales Cricket Board has announced a 14-member squad to tour New Zealand and Australia in the month of January and February 2003.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Connor said, "The quadrangular ODI tournament is a precursor to the World Cup (January 2005) with the world's leading teams taking part, and it will enable us to gauge our current placing in the international arena. It's an opportunity for us to begin challenging the world's top teams again, and we should take the chance to stamp our authority on the tournament and show how much we've improved". England goes into the ODI tournament having comfortably beaten India in One-day matches this summer, but lost the ODI final to world champions, New Zealand. England coach John Harmer said, "We've made real progress again this summer. The winter will be tough as the competition is better but we're not miles away from them. With more confidence we'll start to get the big wins against the leading countries." Six current England players will travel to the Southern Hemisphere in the coming weeks to represent New Zealand or Australia state sides this winter.England's most experienced player, Clare Taylor, returns to Otago and wicket-keeper Mandie Godliman will play for Wellington. England's leading batsmen Charlotte Edwards and Claire Taylor will also play in NZ whilst Dawn Holden (Western Australia) and Sarah Collyer travel to Australia. The England women's team looks forward to a year of more international cricket than ever before, and, in addition to the senior team, the England under-19 women's team will tour for the first time taking part in Australia's under-19 women's state tournament in February, followed by two matches against Australia's U-19 team.
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