Bury’s Kate Cross has been named in the England squad for the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

The 28-year-old Lancashire seamer is part of the 15-strong squad picked by new head coach Lisa Keightley.

Cross, a mainstay of the international set-up, has kept her spot having been part of the side that won the IT20 series 3-0 against Pakistan in Malaysia in December.

She has played 26 one-day internationals and made 13 T20 appearances for her country.

After England reached the final of the tournament two years ago, Keightley, who only officially took over from Mark Robinson this month, wants them to match that feat in her native Australia.

"They have played in semi-finals and finals," she said. "The core group of players can play on the big stage and competition cricket and that is what World Cups are.

"You need to play well and get a bit of momentum. I am excited with the group we've got, we've got a lot of options and I think we have covered most bases really well.

"I think we have a lot of variety and I'm looking forward to playing attacking, positive cricket, which I think you need to do against big teams."

Prior to the World Cup, England's new era will start with a tri-series, which begins on January 31, against tournament hosts Australia and India, with two fixtures against each team and a final for the teams who finish first and second.

England's tournament proper gets underway against South Africa at the WACA on Sunday February 23, after two warm-up fixtures against New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

England squad for Tri-Series and ICC T20 World Cup: Heather Knight (captain, Berkshire), Tammy Beaumont (Kent), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Kate Cross (Lancashire), Freya Davies (Sussex), Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Sarah Glenn (Worcestershire), Amy Jones (wicketkeeper, Warwickshire), Nat Sciver (Surrey, Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Fran Wilson (Kent), Danni Wyatt (Sussex), Mady Villiers (Essex).