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Everything you need to know about the 2017 Women's Ashes

Some of Australia's players for the women's Ashes series (from left) Alyssa Healy, Nicole Bolton, captain Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry
Some of Australia's players for the women's Ashes series (from left) Alyssa Healy, Nicole Bolton, captain Rachael Haynes and Ellyse Perry DAVID MOIR

AUSTRALIA'S women's cricket team begins its hunt for redemption on Sunday after after being bundled out of the World Cup in July.

They tackle the No.1-ranked England in the women's Ashes series contested on a points system across all three formats of the game.

The dates are:

One-Day Internationals

Sunday, October 22: Allan Border Field, Brisbane

Thursday, October 26: Coffs Harbour International Stadium

Sunday, October 29: Coffs Harbour International Stadium

Test

November 9-12 - North Sydney Oval

This is the first ever day-night Test for women's cricket. A complete unknown for both teams, the match will be crucial for a couple of reasons.

It is worth four points, while the limited-overs matches are worth two each, and it's likely that the side that adapts to the different and altering conditions throughout the Test will prevail.

North Sydney Oval is generally known as a batters' ground but the recent controversy around the condition of one of the wickets during a men's interstate one-day cup match mean the bowlers could benefit should the wicket for the women's match be in a similar condition.

T20 Internationals

Friday, November 17: North Sydney Oval

Sunday, November 19: Manuka Oval, Canberra

Tuesday, November 21: Manuka Oval, Canberra

BROADCAST

Channel 9 (Gem) will broadcast the six limited overs matches.

The Test is being livestreamed on cricket.com.au and the Cricket Australia Live app.

Streaming of the short-format matches will be available on mobile and desktop.

TEAMS

This series really is a battle of some of the best players in the world.

Australia and England met during the group stage of the recent World Cup when they produced one of the matches of the tournament.

England appeared in full control and on track to a comfortable win that day but Australia refused to relent and took it all the way to the final ball, England winning by just three runs in the end.

 

The Aussies are without captain Meg Lanning, whose surgery on her shoulder after returning from England has her out for the summer.

Australia have always boasted a deep batting line-up and that provides cover for Lanning, who is widely regarded as the world's best batter.

The experienced Rachael Haynes takes over the captaincy and will likely slot into Lanning's No.3 position, keeping Ellyse Perry at four and relieved of some pressure as she also heads up the bowling attack.

Gone from the World Cup squad for the ODIs are Sarah Aley and Belinda Vakarewa, but the team hasn't lost any pace as quicks Lauren Cheatle and Tahlia McGrath have come into the side.

SQUAD: Kristen Beams, Alex Blackwell (vice-captain), Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes (captain), Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Belinda Vakarewa (Test only).

The T20 squad will be named at the end of October.

England

Captain Heather Knight leads a star-studded and well-balanced side that boasts experience and youthful flair.

Only one change was made to the team that took out the World Cup.

Teenage spinner Sophie Ecclestone has been called into the side. We may not see too much of her, but she has been likened to teammate Alex Hartley, who had much success against Australia in their cup match, some even saying she'll be better than her.

World Cup hero Anya Shrubsole will be out to terrorise the Australian batters. The fast bowler took 6-46 during the final, single-handedly bringing England back into the match and leaving the Indian middle and tail enders to have nightmares for the rest of their lives.

Shrubsole will be supported by the experienced Jenny Gunn and Katherine Brunt.

There are a lot of threats with the bat too. Sarah Taylor has returned to international cricket in devastating form after having time away for mental wellbeing. Her work behind the stumps is possibly the best in the game too.

SQUAD: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt.

HISTORY

The women's Ashes has been played since the 1930s, but it wasn't officially called that until 1998. Before that the women were playing for the "love of the game" and wanted distance from the men's concept of the Ashes.

A one-off or Test series decided the Ashes until 2013, when the points system across three formats was introduced.

The first series was a three-Test encounter in Australia in 1934-35, won by England with two wins and a draw.

Australia has only a slight advantage in overall series wins, having won eight to England's six, and they are the current holders of the trophy after they went to England in 2015 and won 10 points to six with a Test win, two ODI victories and one T20.

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