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Update Maiden Test call up for Emily Arlott; Sciver appointed vice-captain
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Seamer Emily Arlott has earned her maiden Test call-up for England's upcoming one-off Test against India, starting June 16.

Fresh off a hat-trick in a five-wicket haul against Southern Vipers in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, Arlott has taken eight wickets in three games for Central Sparks so far in the season.

Left-arm pacer and South East Stars' captain Tash Farrant has also been included in the 17-member squad. Farrant made her England comeback on their tour of New Zealand earlier this year. She has played three ODIs and 15 T20Is for England but remains uncapped in the longest format of the game since making her national debut in 2013.

Batting allrounder Sophia Dunkley, who earned her maiden central contract earlier this week, has also made it to the Test side.

Meanwhile, Nat Sciver has now been appointed deputy to skipper Heather Knight. The promotion comes across all three formats of the game for the batting allrounder, who takes over from Anya Shrubsole.

England are expected to trim down their squad ahead of the Test in order to release the non-selected members for the next round of the RHF Trophy.

It's been hard to pick a squad given the balance of needing cover in a COVID world while wanting to give players as much chance as possible to play cricket," said England head coach Lisa Keightley. "We want players to have opportunities out in the middle so we're looking to reduce our numbers slightly ahead of the Test to give the non-selected players that chance.

"I'm really excited by the summer ahead. We've been working really hard across the last 10 weeks, India are a strong side and it's the beginning of a two-year journey for us that takes in two ICC World Cups, an Ashes and the Commonwealth Games," she added.

England will take on India in the only Test of the tour in Bristol, the first encounter in the format between the two sides since the Wormsley Test in 2014 which the visitors won by six wickets. The Test will be followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is between June 27 and July 15.

Squad: Heather Knight ©, Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver (VC), Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill

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