THE AUSTRALIAN Women’s cricket team is set to embark for England tomorrow to defend their Ashes title in the first test of a new points system competition.
Under the new system the Southern Stars will play England in multiple formats of the game with the results counting towards the outcome of the Ashes series.
Captain Jodie Fields said: “We are looking forward to a competitive series against England and we will do everything in our power to retain the Women’s Ashes.”
The Southern Stars will play one Test, three one day internationals (ODI), and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches on their tour of England which kicks off in August.
Six points will be awarded to the winner of the Test match (two points each in the event of a draw), and two points for the remaining limited over matches. Who ever has the most points wins the series, but if the series ends in a draw Australia will retain the Ashes.
Southern Stars won the last Ashes series defeating England in a one off Test match in Sydney in 2011.
Australia and England first contested a women’s cricket Test match in 1934-35. Since then Australia has won seven titles, England has won five and seven tours have resulted in a draw.
In 1998 a Women’s Ashes trophy was created and contains the ashes of a bat signed by both teams.
11-14 August — Test v England, Wormsley Cricket Ground, Buckinghamshire
20 August — ODI v England, Lord’s, London
23 August — ODI v England, The County Cricket Ground, Hove
25 August — ODI v England, The County Cricket Ground, Hove
27 August — T20I v England, The County Ground, Chelmsford
29 August — T20I v England, The Rose Bowl, Southampton*
31 August — T20I v England, The Riverside Ground, Durham*
*Double-header with men’s T20 International (England v Australia)
Southern Stars squad:
Jodie Fields (c) QLD
Alex Blackwell (vc) NSW
Jess Cameron VIC
Sarah Coyte NSW
Sarah Elliott (test only) VIC
Holly Ferling QLD
Rachael Haynes NSW
Alyssa Healy NSW
Julie Hunter VIC
Jess Jonassen QLD
Meg Lanning VIC
Erin Osborne NSW
Ellyse Perry NSW
Megan Schutt SA
Gemma Triscari WA
Elyse Villani VIC