Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Five Days Until The Women’s Ashes Heads To New Road!

Five Days Until The Women’s Ashes Heads To New Road!

It's only five days until England Women take on their Australian counterparts at New Road as part of the seven match Ashes series.

The two countries will contest the third and final Royal London ODI on Sunday at Worcestershire CCC's headquarters.

They will also do battle in three T20Is and one Test with two points available for a win in each of the ODIs and T20Is and four points up for grabs for the winner of the Test match (two points each for a draw).

The Ashes actually gets underway today with the first ODI at Taunton with the second match at Bristol on Thursday before the players head to New Road.

Tickets for the New Road game are £10 for adults and £1 for juniors (17 and under).

The 2015 series will be the third time that the Women’s Ashes have been contested across all three formats of the game.

England will be hoping to emulate their performances from the first two multi-format Women’s Ashes contests, having won 12 points to four on home soil in 2013 and 10 points to eight Down Under in 2014.

Katherine Brunt, who worked as a coach with Worcestershire Cricket last year, will be returning to New Road as part of the England squad.

Charlotte Edwards (Kent) will be skippering England and their 14-player squad has a combined 807 ODI caps.

Edwards (185), Kent team-mate Lydia Greenway (121) and Nottinghamshire’s Jenny Gunn (125) all have represented England over a hundred times in 50-over cricket.

Vice-captain, Heather Knight (Berkshire), is also in line to win her 50th ODI cap today at Taunton.

Sussex all-rounder Georgia Elwiss will return to international duty for the first time since the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh last year.

ECB Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “I don’t think it’s too dramatic a statement to say that the 2015 Women’s Ashes contest is possibly the most eagerly anticipated series in the history of international women’s cricket.

“The pace at which the women’s game is evolving at the moment is extraordinary.

"This summer for the first time ever, we will see two fully professional international women’s teams in action, with live broadcast coverage of every single ball, including the Kia Women’s Test match, on Sky Sports and BBC Radio.

"It is this level of exposure and support that will ensure that the women’s game continues to grow, and that will inspire women and girls everywhere to play the game."