23rd Sep, 2019

Women’s Ashes battle heads to New Road

Worcester Editorial 24th Jul, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE ASHES will come to Worcester this weekend when England Women take on their Australian counterparts at New Road as part of the seven-match series.

The two countries will contest the third and final Royal London ODI on Sunday.

They will also do battle in three T20s and one Test with two points available for a win in each of the ODIs and T20s and four points up for grabs for the winner of the Test match (two points each for a draw).

The Ashes got underway yesterday (Tuesday) with the first ODI at Taunton, with the second match at Bristol tomorrow (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 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 12-4 on home soil in 2013 and 10-8 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 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) have all represented England over 100 times in 50-over cricket.

Vice-captain Heather Knight (Berkshire) won her 50th ODI cap 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 OBE, said: “I don’t think it’s too dramatic a statement to say 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.

“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,” she added.

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