Tash Farrant, Sophia Dunkley also called up as Nat Sciver is named vice-captain across all formats
Arlott, 23, produced a four-wicket over and finished with 5 for 29 for Central Sparks in a 120-run victory over reigning Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy champions Southern Vipers on Saturday.
“I was loving yesterday, Issy Wong and Emily Arlott – two good, young fast bowlers – coming in and bowling quick on a pitch with pace and carrying a bit in it at Edgbaston,” Knight said last week. “It’s brilliant and I’m pleased to see the England girls go well and some of the domestic players really pushing as well.”
Dunkley’s call-up caps a successful week for her after she was awarded a central contract for 2021-22. Dunkley broke broke back into the England set-up during the five-match T20I series against West Indies last summer after an absence of 18 months and has started the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy strongly with scores of 104 not out, 0 and 92.
Farrant returned to the England fold when she was recalled for the tour of New Zealand in February and March after being omitted from the central contracts list in early 2019.
Keightley said: “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.
“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.
“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.”
While 10 of India’s 18-member touring party are yet to play a Test, 11 players in the England squad have Test-match experience.
England squad: Heather Knight (c), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Elwiss, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill
Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo