- Charlotte Edwards: “We have a lot to do to turn things around in this Women’s Ashes series, but the beauty of the multi-format points system is that the contest is still alive.”
- Women’s Ashes score line after three Royal London ODIs and the standalone Kia Women’s Test: England 2 – 8 Australia
England will need to win the three remaining NatWest T20 Internationals at the end of the month to retain the Women’s Ashes, following the 161 run loss in the Kia Women’s Ashes Test match in Canterbury.
The result today means that Australia secured the four points on offer for winning the single Kia Women’s Test match, adding to the four points they acquired from their 2-1 victory in the Royal London One-Day International series. With each of the three NatWest T20Is worth two points to the winner, Australia now require just one victory to reclaim the Women’s Ashes, with an unassailable ten points.
Having won two points from the opening Royal London ODI in Taunton, England need to win all three NatWest T20Is to take them to the eight points they require to retain the Women’s Ashes.
Speaking after the close of play today, England women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards, said: “We are all hugely disappointed to have lost the Kia Women’s Ashes Test match. We knew that this was going to be a hard-fought contest, and unfortunately Australia have won the key moments across the four days here in Canterbury.”
“We have a lot to do to turn things around in this Women’s Ashes series, but the beauty of the multi-format points system is that the contest is still alive. The very nature of T20 cricket means that fortunes can change very quickly, and this is what we now need to focus on and instigate in the three remaining NatWest T20Is. ”
“We have an unbeaten record at the Essex County Ground, which we like to call ‘Fortress Chelmsford’, so we are all looking forward to playing in front of a now customary full house there in the first NatWest T20I on Wednesday 26th August.”
ECB broadcast partner Sky Sports made history during the Kia Women’s Ashes Test match by providing live ball-by-ball television coverage of a women’s Test match for the first time anywhere in the world.
The three remaining Women’s Ashes NatWest T20Is are worth two points each and will be played on Wednesday 26th August (The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford), Friday 28th August (The BirghtonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove) and Monday 31 August (The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff).
Women’s Ashes Series 2015:
Current score: England 2 – 8 Australia
|Date||Format||Venue||Points for a win||Points for a tie / draw||Points for no result|
|July 21||Royal London ODI*||The County Ground, Taunton||Winner England: 2 points|
|July 23||Royal London ODI*||Bristol County Ground||Winner Australia: 2 points|
|July 26||Royal London ODI*||New Road, Worcester||Winner Australia: 2 points|
|August11 – 14||Kia Women’s Test||The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence||Winner Australia: 4 points|
|August 26||NatWest T20I#||The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford||2 points||Super Over||1 point|
|August 28||NatWest T20I#||The BrightonandHoveJobs.com County Ground, Hove||2 points||Super Over||1 point|
|August 31||NatWest T20I+#||The SSE SWALEC, Cardiff||2 points||Super Over||1 point|
*ICC Women’s Championship fixture
#In the event of a draw in the NatWest T20I matches, a super over will be played
+Double-header with men’s NatWest T20I (England v Australia)
Live television coverage and radio commentary will be provided for all seven 2015 Women’s Ashes matches via Sky Sports and BBC Radio respectively.