A Cheam school PE teacher and Surrey County Cricket Club batswoman has been picked to tour with the England women’s national team for the first time.

Nonsuch High School for Girls's Bryony Smith, 20, will be part of the team when they take on Australia and India in a Twenty20 Tri-Series following the announcement today (March 7).

It follows after playing for the Surrey Stars 11 times across two seasons in the Kia Super League, a club she has been with since she was nine years old.

She said: “It means a lot. Mostly excitement but obviously a few nerves are in there as well because it’s my first tour away [with the England team].

“It’s good to see the girls here [at Nonsuch] are interested and they want to pursue the sport, which is always good news to any cricketer.”

Ms Smith spoke of the hard work and dedication she put in to get to this point, including the difficult balance between teaching at Nonsuch, training in Loughborough, and with Surrey CCC each week.

With the hard work now having paid off, there is a mix of excitement and nerves ahead of another milestone in his promising career.

When asked whether she saw herself as an influence, she added: “Yeah I hope so, you know I try to get it forward to them that it is a career now and if they enjoy it [then] there are lots of clubs and career pathways through the sport.

“I just want to show everyone what I can do really, express myself on the pitch.”

England will face Australia in the first of four Tri-Series matches on Friday, March 23, before taking on India two days later.