Newcomers Charlie Dean and Emma Lamb have been added to England’s 17-player touring group for the Women’s One-Day International World Cup, which starts on March 4. The Heather Knight-led side also contains two travelling reserves in Lauren Bell, a promising right-arm fast bowler, and Mady Villiers, a spin-bowling all rounder who played in the Ashes. The pace-bowling possibilities will be Kate Cross, Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, and Freya Davies, as well as Tash Farrant, who was just re-added to the list of centrally contracted England players after two years on the margins.

The World Cup, according to Jonathan Finch, director of England women’s cricket, gives an opportunity to “refocus our ambitions soon after the setback” and “embrace the challenge of a global tournament.”

“The England Women’s A-series, which played concurrently with the Ashes, allowed a larger group of players to contend for a spot in the team, resulting in some difficult selection decisions,” Finch said. “Emma Lamb, a steady performer in local cricket, joins the group after making her international debut last summer and provides a variety of options with the bat and off-spin bowling as an allrounder.”

A team spokeswoman said, “All players and personnel were invited to opt into the competition after thoroughly considering the quarantine time and living standards in place following quarantine. The health and safety of our players and staff is our first priority, and we fully back Sarah’s decision.”