3:30pm Friday 24th February 2012
By Dan Barnes
MINETY cricketer Fran Wilson has her sights set on getting back into the England fold and hopes her chances will be boosted by her spot on the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Women’s Young Cricketers Programme.
The 20-year-old, who plays for Somerset and is studying sports performance at the University of Bath, is one of 14 players selected for the 2012 intake. She has now earned a full-time contract for the summer.
Wilson, who was part of the England squad for the 2011 Ashes in January last year, will train at Lord’s world-class facilities while playing for both the MCC and Somerset and reckons that her chances of a return to representing her country can only benefit from her spell as a full-time player.
“I found out that I’d been picked at the end of January and it should be really good – I start in April and finish in September,” she said.
“All of the fixtures came out this week and, looking at my diary, I’ll be playing three times a week so it’s going to be a really busy summer.
“It’ll be great to train full-time though and I can’t wait for the season to start.
“We’ve just started training at Somerset again and I’m so glad that we’ll be back in the top league this season because you get to play against some of the best players in the world.
“I want to try and get back in the England team and, hopefully, this is a step to that.”
The MCC programme is directed by England Women’s head coach Mark Lane, with help from former Australian captain and Wiltshire Head of Women and Girls Development Lisa Keightley.
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