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Jet setting Jodie on tour with England in Sri Lanka and Dubai

Jodie Dibble Eng picDevon’s Jodie Dibble has a busy month in store with two England call-ups that will take her to Dubai and Sri Lanka in the space of a few weeks.

Jodie, who lives in Taunton, flew out to the UAE on Monday this week with the England Academy for a five-match series against Australia.

Then, once the squad returns, she will leave again for Sri Lanka on 19 April for a 12-day intensive batting and spin bowling development camp in Colombo.

Jodie has been selected as one of twelve players from across the England women’s cricket pathway who will travel to Sri Lanka to take part in the camp. They will spend just under two weeks training under the guidance of England Women’s Assistant Coach, Carl Crowe and Head Coach, Lisa Keightley.

They will also play three one-day matches against a Sri Lanka Women’s “A” team.

Following her selection, former Taunton School cricket captain Jodie said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a great opportunity to get out there and play some cricket because it’s been a pretty long winter for me after injury.”

Talking about her busy schedule, which included a pre-tour training camp in Loughborough, Jodie said: “It’s really exciting and a great way to lead up to the season.”

Looking ahead to the Sri Lanka trip, the 20-year-old left-arm spinner said: “We’ll be looking at getting some overs under our belts in the subcontinent whilst getting some early prep in for the World Cup in India next year by getting used to working in those conditions. The three games against Sri Lanka “A” will then give us the chance to put the skills that we’ve been working on over the winter into practice in a game environment.”

Jodie Dibble at Taunton School, where she was captain of the first XI
Jodie Dibble at Taunton School, where she was captain of the first XI

Jodie’s international appearances have been hindered by injury over the last few years but she is confident that she is now back to full fitness.

“Over the last two years or so I’ve had three operations on my shoulder,” she said. “Every time I came back it wasn’t quite right but now I feel like I’m in a really good place. Both of the shoulders are feeling really good and I’m back to full fitness.”

ECB’s Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “Following on from the successful EWDP U19 fast bowling camp to Potchefstroom at the start of the year, this batting and spin bowling camp to Colombo is the next phase of player development for targeted players within the England women’s cricket pathway. Led by Carl Crowe, the training camp is designed to challenge the players technically and mentally in difficult conditions on the subcontinent.

“With the ICC World Twenty20 taking place in India in March 2016, the opportunity for this group of players to specifically focus on their bowling and batting against spin will be hugely beneficial in ensuring that they are well prepared to perform for England women in these conditions, should they be selected.”

Jodie made her senior county debut at the age of 12 and her England debut aged 19. She captained the England Women Under-17 Development Squad on their tour to South Africa in 2010 and soon graduated to the England Women’s Academy. She was subsequently selected for the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Jodie’s brother Adam is a member of the Somerset CCC squad and, like Jodie, also captained the 1st XI during his time as a student at Taunton School.

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