Louth CC player Arran Brindle off to India for Cricket World Cup campaign
ARRAN Brindle is preparing to jet off to India as England chase more ICC Women's Cricket World Cup glory.
The Louth CC player, who teaches at Greenwich House independent school in the town, heads to the sub-continent on January 17 for the tournament.
And after Charlotte Edwards' team won the 50-over event last time out – in Australia in 2009 – Brindle and co will be taking on the world's best sides as reigning champions.
The 31-year-old wasn't part of that victorious squad in Sydney four years ago, having only returned to the international fold in 2011 following a five-year break.
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And she will, no doubt, be further spurred on by England's painful defeat to Australia in October's ICC Women's World Twenty20 final in Sri Lanka.
The 15-strong squad stepped up their preparations at a training camp at Loughborough last weekend and, following their departure, will spend two weeks in Pune as part of their acclimatisation.
Eight members of England's 2009 winning squad are included this time, while there are six players experiencing their first world 50-over competition.
Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Danielle Hazell and Danielle Wyatt – along with the uncapped Amy Jones from Warwickshire – were all part of the ICC World Twenty20 line-up but have never played in the 50-over world cup.
Bowler Georgia Elwiss will be experiencing the world stage for the first time in her career and is the only addition to the Twenty20 squad.
Edwards said: "The whole team is really excited about defending our world title in Mumbai next month.
"I'm so proud to be captaining such a talented team in what is the pinnacle event in our sport."
Drawn in Group A, England will face India, West Indies and Sri Lanka, with the top three from that stage moving through to the Super Six round along with the top three teams from Group B. Their campaign begins on February 2 against the Sri Lankans.
"We're probably too prepared," said wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor. "We're ready to go and just looking forward to leaving.
"In testing at Loughborough we have all done better than ever before."
England women's squad: Charlotte Edwards (Kent) (captain), Tammy Beaumont (Kent), Arran Brindle (Sussex), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Holly Colvin (Sussex), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Lydia Greenway (Kent), Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Heather Knight (Berkshire), Laura Marsh (Kent), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Sarah Taylor (Sussex), Danielle Wyatt (Staffordshire).