England's newest star Issy Wong is named in Commonwealth Games squad

England’s newest star Issy Wong is named in Commonwealth Games squad despite NEVER playing a T20 international… but Tammy Beaumont is AXED on the eve of her 100th cap

  • Issy Wong has been included in England’s Commonwealth Games squad
  • The 20-year-old fast bowler has burst onto the international scene recently
  • She took 3/36 against South Africa in England’s latest One Day International
  • Top-order batter Tammy Beaumont has been controversially left out the squad 

Hometown girl Issy Wong has been named in England women’s squad for the Commonwealth Games later this month – but the experienced Tammy Beaumont has been axed on the eve of her 100th cap.

Fast bowler Wong, who was raised in Birmingham, is yet to play a Twenty20 international but was included in the 15 for the nine-day tournament and the series against South Africa that precedes it, along with teenagers Alice Capsey and Freya Kemp, hours after taking three wickets on her one-day international debut.

However, opening bat Beaumont, a mainstay in all formats and a player with 99 appearances in 20-over internationals, has controversially been overlooked.

Issy Wong took 3 for 36 for England on her One Day International debut against South Africa

Wong also made her Test debut for England against the same opposition late last month

Beaumont, 31, hit a 47-ball hundred against South Africa in Taunton four years ago – the third fastest in women’s T20 internationals – and has a strike rate of 108. During the 2017 World Cup success, she was the team’s top scorer.

But more youthful alternatives like Capsey, who does not turn 18 until next month, have been chosen.

‘T20 cricket and women’s cricket in general is evolving all the time – and in order to put ourselves in a position to win global tournaments we have to move forward with it, be aggressive, be dynamic and part of our selection is about embracing that,’ explained England head coach Lisa Keightley.

Tammy Beaumont, who has scored nine international centuries, has been left out the squad

‘Similarly, we have selected players who are flexible, adaptable, fit in a number of roles and give us the most options for individual match-ups.’

England open the action against Sri Lanka on July 30 with all matches played at Edgbaston.

The top two in a group that also includes the South Africans and New Zealand head into the semi-finals, with the final taking place on the evening of August 7.

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