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'She Is The Latest To...' - Knight Gives Charlie Dean's Injury Update Ahead Of India T20Is

image-lpsd3vhxCharlie Dean (x.com)

Young England off-spinner Charlie Dean has emerged as a doubtful starter for her side’s forthcoming T20I series against India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Earlier this week, the 23-year-old cricketer went down to a stomach bug during her time at England A camp during their three-match warm-up series against India A.

England women captain Heather Knight has herself confirmed that Dean will likely be taking some time to recover from her illness, and also gave an update about Sophie Ecclestone and her potential return in the Test segment of the tour.

Knight addresses squad updates prior to first T20I

While speaking with the reporters a day prior to their series opener against India Women, Engand captain Heather Knight confirmed that Charlie Dean is a potential doubtful starter and her recovery will be monitored as the series progresses. Knight said:

“Charlie Dean is the latest to go down and can take a little bit of time to recover from that. She is the only one that is in potential doubt. We have had a strict quarantine and transition period to come across to the England team (from England A team).”

Sophie Ecclestone, a T20I veteran, is also in line to make her return to competitive cricket through the ongoing Indian tour after undergoing surgery for her dislocated shoulder. The 24-year-old is part of England’s 14-player squad for the one-off Test against India, slated to be played at the DY Patil Stadium between December 14 and December 17.

Addressing Ecclestone’s return, skipper Knight added that she has been tracking well in fielding, and the team management will be keeping an eye on her throughout the tour.

“She has been tracking really well in training. She has been fielding, diving and things like that. We'll keep an eye on her as she is a key player for us,” Knight said.

The three-match T20I series between the two sides will commence on December 6 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The venue will also be hosting the subsequent two fixtures on December 9 and 10.

Both India and England camps will then travel to the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai for their one-off Test match on December 14.