Following on from the three Australia vs England ODI’s at the end of October (click here to see the results) the two teams came face to face in a Test Match last week. It’s the only Test Match of this Ashes Series down under but that didn’t stop more than 12,000 fans being in the North Sydney Oval to watch the four-day game.
Both home Aussie captain Georgia Elwiss and England captain Heather Knight got respective teams for this contest which eventually ended in a draw. If England had lost that would have meant The Ashes was over. Getting the draw though means the score is 6-4 to Australia, so they’re still in with a shout of winning the series but will need to win all three of the T20 matches, with the first one starting tomorrow.
Before that first Twenty 20 game though the England women did have a warm up match at the at Drummoyne Oval which they won by 90 runs which is a great confidence boost.
In other news, just announced is next year’s England women’s 2018 schedule which will start by taking on South Africa and then New Zealand:
Royal London ODIs v South Africa
9 June: First ODI, New Road, Worcester (11am)
12 June: Second ODI, The 1st Central County Ground, Hove (D/N) (1pm)
15 June: Third ODI, Canterbury (D/N) (2pm)
IT20 Tri-Series – England, South Africa and New Zealand
20 June: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, South Africa v New Zealand, 1pm; England v South Africa, 5:40pm
23 June: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England v South Africa, 1pm; England v New Zealand, 5:40pm
28 June: The Brightside Ground, Bristol, South Africa v New Zealand, 1pm; England v New Zealand, 5:40pm
1 July: Final, The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford (3pm)
Royal London ODIs v New Zealand
7 July: First ODI, Emerald Headingley (11am)
10 July: Second ODI, The 3aaa County Ground, Derby (D/N) (1pm)
13 July: Third ODI, The Fischer County Ground, Grace Road (D/N) (2pm)
Kia Super League Finals Day
27 August: The 1st Central County Ground, Hove