Katherine Hawes faces a journey into the unknown after being given a late call-up by holders England for the British Isles Women’s International Series in Jersey, starting on Sunday.
The Oxford City & County star, who was in the team as England recorded a clean sweep of wins over Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Jersey in Glasgow last year, was originally named as a reserve.
But she gets her chance with Derbyshire’s Jean Baker unwell.
Hawes will play No 3 in a rink skipped by Lincolnshire’s Penny Strong, which also features Wor-cestershire’s Sue Davies at lead and Derbyshire’s Jo Skelton.
The England team is familiar territory for Hawes, but she and her teammates face a new test as they will be competing on an artificial green at Les Creux over the three days.
She said: “Until we get over there for practice it is a bit of an unknown.
“It is the first time an international series has been played on an artificial green.
“It should be quite interesting. Speaking to some of the Jersey girls, it is quite breezy there and it can be quite a tricky surface.
“Hopefully it will be a bit quicker than over here where the greens have been pushy.”
Hawes also received a late call-up for England’s indoor side in March when Baker was ill.
And she grabbed her opportunity in stunning fashion by being named player of the series as England retained the Clara Johns Trophy in Durham.
She added: “I will just take what happened from the indoors and try and play well outdoors, and if I do that I will be quite happy.
“Hopefully we can put it all together outdoors and come back with a success.”
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