Barrowford’s Natalie gets England call

Natalie Haythornthwaite
Natalie Haythornthwaite

Barrowford’s Natalie Haythornthwaite has been named in the England Netball squad to face Australia in a three-match international series next month.

Natalie, who has recently celebrated her 23rd birthday, was named in Tracy Neville’s squad to face Australia at the Liverpool Echo Arena on January 20th, followed by a double header at London’s Copper Box Arena on January 22nd and January 24th.

Several members of the 2015 England World Cup squad are taking a brief break from the international stage and therefore haven’t been named in the squad for the Australia Series.

Following a gruelling and committed four-year programme for the previous cycle, Stacey Francis, Serena Guthrie, Joanne Harten and Geva Mentor are taking additional time to recuperate ahead of the new domestic season.

The Pendle star, named the 2015 Superleague Player of the Season, has been named in Manchester Thunder’s 15-player squad for the 2016 Superleague season after making the switch from Yorkshire Jets earlier in the year.

She earned her first England cap in May as the Roses faced Trinidad & Tobago in a three-match international series.

England squad to face Australia: Sara Bayman (captain), Jade Clarke (vice-captain), Ama Agbeze, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, Sasha Corbin, Rachel Dunn, Jodie Gibson, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Lindsay Keable, Laura Malcolm, Rachel Shaw.