Maia Bouchier and Danielle Gibson Make History with England Women Central Contracts

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Top-order batswoman Bouchier, 24, has been a part of the England set-up for a few years and made herself known with a knock of 95 runs from 65 balls in her third ODI against Sri Lanka in September. Gibson, the seam-bowling all-rounder, had her full debut in the Ashes and scored the winning runs to secure the T20I series against Australia at Lord’s.

Their rise comes after Katherine Sciver-Brunt retired after a 19-year England career, with seamer Freya Davies also not included in the 18-player list.

The introduction of development contracts means additional support for 17-year-old left-arm swing bowler Gaur, and Filer, whose extra pace was a notable feature of the women’s Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

The contracts, which are valid until October 31, 2024, includes an enhanced family provision entitlement, bonuses for success against higher-ranked opposition, increased retainers, and the equalisation of match fees, announced earlier this year by the ECB.

“The central contracts are given to the players we feel will play a significant role over the next 12 months and beyond,” Jonathan Finch, the ECB’s director of England Women’s cricket, said. “We are at the start of an unprecedented busy period of international cricket and the group reflects the requirements of the multi-format schedule we face.

“Maia Bouchier and Danielle Gibson have been part of our group over the summer, have performed well and will be important players for England moving forward.

“The introduction of development contracts is a key step for us and allows us to support a wider group of players in their ongoing development and we will work closely with the regions to manage the players’ development and workloads.

“After a record-breaking Ashes summer, we have a really exciting 12 months of cricket ahead and we feel this group of players will form the foundations of our side that will take us through various bilateral series, and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

“Our thanks as ever go to the England Women’s Player Partnership and the PCA who continue to play an important role.”

England Women central contracts: Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Danielle Gibson, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Heather Knight, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver-Brunt, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt England Women development contracts: Bess Heath, Lauren Filer, Mahika Gaur

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