Cricket: Wyatt makes switch to Nottinghamshire
DANIELLE Wyatt has left Staffordshire to join Nottinghamshire on loan for the 2013 season.
The 21-year-old all-rounder, from the Westlands in Newcastle, has represented Staffs for more than a decade, but has moved to ensure she cements her place in the England women's squad.
Nottinghamshire play in Division One of the County Championship, while Staffordshire play in the league below.
"England coach Mark Lane and captain Charlotte Edwards advised me to move because they said it would help my game," explained Wyatt.
"I was the only member of the England squad not playing in the top division last year and there is a massive difference in quality between the two leagues.
"It is only going to benefit me playing against the top women in the country on a regular basis."
Initially Wyatt, left, is only allowed to join Notts on loan because she does not live in the county or play for a local club.
But she will be able to make a permanent switch at the end of the season after completing a "qualification" period with Gary Lambert's side.
"Notts have been interested in signing me for the past five years, so it was perhaps time I moved," added Wyatt.
"Gary was delighted when I told him I was joining and now I can't wait to get started."
She will team up with England team-mate Jenny Gunn, who has been an integral part of the Nottinghamshire side for several seasons.
Wyatt is also awaiting confirmation she has been selected for the England World Cup squad who will defend their trophy in India next year.
The squad for the tournament, which starts on January 31, is due to be named on Friday.
WOOD Lane seamer Asad Ali has been named in the Pakistan Twenty20 squad for their tour of India this month.
Ali, who took 81 wickets in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League Premier Division last season, is part of a 15-man party named for the matches in Bangalore on Christmas Day and Ahmedabad two days later.
Former Ashcombe Park paceman Junaid Khan is included, and has also been picked for the one-day squad for the three-match series, which starts in Chennai on December 30.
The other one-day games are being held in Kolkata on January 3 and Delhi on January 6.