Over four weeks of international cricket the team will play the NatWest Women’s Series, comprising five one-day internationals, including a match at Lord’s for the first time in five years for the women’s team. A two-match npower Test series is scheduled and a NatWest Women’s International Twenty20 kicks off the tour at Derbyshire on August 5.
Under the new captaincy of Charlotte Edwards, who has taken over the reigns following Clare Connor’s decision to retire, the team have set themselves some tough challenges, firstly winning this forthcoming series against India, then regaining the Ashes in Australia and culminating in winning the World Cup in Australia in 2009.
Edwards said: “India this summer is going to be massive for us. We toured there in the winter and although we played some good cricket it was extremely tough and we didn’t get the results. I’m really looking forward to playing them on home soil.
“The Ashes series is also going to prove a huge challenge, especially in Australia but we are determined to keep hold of them and obviously the next World Cup is a huge goal for us as a team.”
Another change within the women’s set-up is the new manager. Neil Rider has been appointed in the role to look after the requirements of the team and support staff on tour. An ECB Level Three Qualified Coach, Rider previously worked with the Women’s squad as the Manager and Assistant Coach before retiring after the 2005 World Cup.
On the appointment Rider said: “I am delighted to be taking up this role and working with the squad again and am looking forward to the challenge of ensuring that they become the best in the world.”