Josie Groves has been named in the England Women U19 squad to tour Sri Lanka to take on the hosts and Australia in a tri-series in late March and early Apri.

The group, coached by Chris Guest, will play both T20 and 50-over formats, with specific dates and venues to be announced in due course. 

Within the 15-player group are a number of players, including Groves, that attended the inaugural ICC Women’s U19 World Cup in South Africa in January 2023 and who are still age-eligible. 

In that tournament, Groves claimed a trio of wickets at an Economy of just 4.6. She went on to take 12 wickets in just six games in the most recent Rachael Heyhoe Flint campaign. 

Head coach Chris Guest said: “We are all looking forward to our forthcoming series in Sri Lanka. 

“We have selected a good mix of those who have represented this age group before and those who are new. 

“It’s a really exciting squad who are relishing the chance to compete against quality opposition. 

“To have the opportunity to play T20 and 50-over cricket is really important. 

“It’s a chance for the players to be exposed to and experience different conditions and will present excellent learning opportunities. These will help support the development of the players within their regions and hopefully one day play for the senior team.”

England Women U19 squad

Tilly Corteen-Coleman (South East Stars)

Jodi Grewcock (Sunrisers)

Josie Groves (The Blaze)

Katie Jones (Western Storm)

Charlotte Lambert (South East Stars)

Ava Lee (Southern Vipers)

Abigale Norgrove (Southern Vipers)

Charis Pavely (Central Sparks)

Davina Perrin Central Sparks

Sophia Smale (Western Storm)

Alexa Stonehouse (South East Stars)

Amuruthaa Surenkumar (Sunrisers)

Mary Taylor (Southern Vipers)

Erin Thomas (Northern Diamonds)

Maddie Ward (Northern Diamonds)