England door remains open for Beth Langston



The England door is firmly ajar for the likes of Beth Langston and many other Regional players across the country if they perform during the next month or so, believes Northern Diamonds director of cricket James Carr.


Fast bowler Langston, capped six times at senior level between 2013 and 2016, was part of yesterday’s England A team to face the touring New Zealanders in a 50-over friendly at Derby.


The 28-year-old impressed as well, claiming 2-25 in six overs and adding an unbeaten run-a-ball 17 in a four-wicket win chasing 224.


In Diamonds colours this season, Langston has taken nine wickets in seven competitive appearances.


She also added a brilliant match-winning 59 not out down the order in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy game against South East Stars at Emerald Headingley in June.


Langston’s Diamonds team-mate Linsey Smith is another player who would seemingly fit the bill as a potential for further England honours.


Capped nine times between 2018 and 2019 before falling down the pecking order, left-arm spinner Smith was part of England’s extended training squad last summer and has enjoyed some impressive form this.


Another with England potential is Diamonds captain Hollie Armitage, though she is still searching for top form this summer.


England play a series of three T20s and five one-day internationals against the New Zealand White Ferns through September.


Their winter commitments then begin with a limited overs tour to Pakistan in October before an Ashes tour in late January and February. They then round off the winter with the one-day World Cup in New Zealand through March and into April.


“If girls perform this side of the Pakistan tour, it puts them right in the frame for selection,” said Carr.


“This is the time of the summer when players can really come to the fore.


“You might see a girl get a couple of fifties or hundreds or 10-12 wickets and solidify what they’ve been working on all year.


“In the current climate, be it England women’s or men’s cricket at home or away, series are quite labour intensive and bigger squads are needed from playing and practice points of view.


“England have done this over the last couple of years - they’ve drafted in girls to have a look at from the domestic scene.


“Issy Wong and Emily Arlott from Central Sparks are two who spring to mind, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either or both get the nod any time soon.


“That should be an exciting message for our girls and others up and down the country as well.


“There is some very effective alignment between the domestic and international programmes. You can see exactly what England are trying to do.”


After a six-week break for the Hundred, the Diamonds are back in action tomorrow when they entertain the Sunrisers in the Charlotte Edwards Cup at South Northumberland CC (2.30pm).

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