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Sophia Dunkley replaces Kirstie Gordon in England Women’s central contracts list

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Sophia Dunkley, the South East Stars allrounder, has replaced Kirstie Gordon in the only change to England Women’s central contracts list for the year 2021-22.

Dunkley has played in each of England’s last five T20Is after impressing in the bio-secure bubble in Derby last summer, and has started the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with scores of 104 not out, 0 and 92 this season. She was previously on an England rookie contract.

Gordon, who has not played for England in any format since the Ashes Test against Australia in 2019, has started the season strongly with two four-wicket hauls in three appearances for Lightning, but has been pushed down the spin pecking order by Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn and Mady Villiers.

Gordon moves to a regional domestic contract, though the shift has not been straightforward since the dates of central contracts do not currently align with regional system. As a result, the new tranche of central contracts run from May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022, longer than the usual year.

England are due to name their squad for the one-off Test against India on Wednesday, with Dunkley among those expected to be included after her strong start to the summer, albeit in a different format.

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