A handy guide to the 2019 Women’s Ashes,which will begin on July 2 in England.
Below we outline the key Women’s Ashes players to look out for, as well as the fixtures, squads, points system and other essential information.
How does the points system work?
The multi-format, points-based Ashes will feature three ODIs, one Test and three T20Is, all in July. For each ODI and T20I victory, the winning team will be awarded two points, while a tie will fetch one each. In the Test format (a four-day affair), the winning team is awarded four points, while a draw results in two points each.
Australia are the current trophy holders, having won the 2015 edition, and retained it two years later in 2017. A total of 16 points are up for grabs; for hosts England to clinch the title, they will need 10 points. Australia, on the other hand, are the current title holders, and would require just eight points to retain it for a third consecutive time.
Women’s Ashes: Key players
Australia captain: Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning, the 27-year-old right-hand batter, is Australia’s leading run-scorer in T20I cricket. In 2014, she became the youngest player ever to captain Australia, at the age of 21, and is known for her aggressive approach with the bat. She missed the previous Ashes series in 2017 due to a shoulder injury.
England captain: Heather Knight
A top-order batter, Heather Knight recently returned from a hamstring niggle and will captain the England side. The 28-year-old, with close to a decade of top-flight experience, scored a stellar 157 in the 2013 Ashes Test, helping her side retain the title. Two years ago, she led the team to the 50-over 2017 World Cup title.
Star batter: Ellyse Perry (Australia)
The all-rounder has been one of Australia’s leading cricketers for over a decade now. She comes with considerable experience, having played seven Tests, and possess a great Ashes record. She scored a sublime double hundred in the previous Ashes edition in 2017, topping the runs and wickets tally in that tournament.
Star bowler: Megan Schutt (Australia)
The joint-highest wicket-taker in the 2018 T20 World Cup, Megan Schutt, the No.1 ranked bowler in the shortest format, will be a key asset with the ball. Known for her crafty variations and natural in-swing, she will be featuring in her fourth Ashes campaign.
Star batter: Tammy Beaumont (England)
Having debuted back in 2009, Beaumont has progressed to be one of England’s batting mainstays. The 28-year-old was named one of five Wisden Cricketer of this year in 2019. Last year, she hit the second-fastest T20I century in women’s cricket, off just 47 balls. She hit a total of 628 runs at 57 last year.
Star bowler: Anya Shrubsole (England)
The 27-year-old speedster, who swings the ball at pace, debuted a decade ago and went on to forge a potent opening bowling partnership with Katherine Brunt. In the 2014 World T20, she was the leading wicket-taker and Player of the Tournament. She was also England’s highest wicket-taker in triumphant 2017 World Cup campaign.
Women’s Ashes fixtures
1st ODI: July 2, Grace Road, Leicester
2nd ODI: July 4, Grace Road, Leicester
3rd ODI: July 7, St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury
Only Test: July 18-21, The County Ground, Taunton
1st T20: July 26, County Ground, Chelmsford
2nd T20: July 28, The County Ground, Hove
3rd T20: July 31, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
The line-ups for the first Ashes ODI!
England: Jones, Beaumont, Taylor +, Sciver, Knight*, Wilson, Brunt, Marsh, Shrubsole, Cross & Ecclestone
Australia: Healy +, Bolton, Lanning*, Perry, Haynes, Mooney, Jonassen, Kimmince, Wareham, Schutt, Carey pic.twitter.com/vDGLxmMKNP
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) July 2, 2019
England: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Jenny Gunn, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt.
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Rachael Haynes, Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.
Which TV channel will show Women’s Ashes?
The Women’s Ashes will be televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.