CRICKET: Dibble heads to Colombo with England women

Somerset County Gazette: CRICKET: Dibble heads to Colombo with England women CRICKET: Dibble heads to Colombo with England women

JODIE Dibble, who left Taunton School last summer, has fought back from injury to gain further international recognition.

Jodie, whose brother Adam plays for Somerset, is in a 14-strong England Women’s Academy (EWA) squad which will head to Colombo at the end of this month to contest four T20s and two 50-over fixtures against Sri Lanka Women.

The tour, from January 29 to February 12, forms part of England Women’s preparations ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 competition in Bangladesh later this year.

Jodie, 19, went on the England Women’s Academy tour of South Africa in April 2012 having previously captained England Under-17s in 2010 before attending a training camp in India the following year.

She became the first girl captain of the Taunton School cricket team last summer but was forced to withdraw after suffering a shoulder injury.

Since leaving school, Jodie has taken a year out from her studies to recover from the injury and rebuild her cricketing career – and this has paid off with another international selection.

Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “The tour to Sri Lanka presents an exciting opportunity for this group of players to gain some valuable experience of playing in sub-continent conditions, and represents a strategic part of our preparation for the 2014 ICC World T20 competition in Sylhet.

“We have selected a strong squad for this tour, mixing the likes of 2013 Women’s Ashes winner Tammy Beaumont, who will captain the side, with young, up-and-coming talents.”

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