The third and fourth days of the Canberra test showed up the T20 and The Hundred as the petty baubles they are. The last day stands alongside the most palpitating Ashes tests the world has known, and there have been several of them. Third Day The third day script was written by an English hand.
Australia Women (337-9 dec and 12-2) lead England Women (297) by 52 runs Katherine Brunt took two early wickets in Australia’s second innings before the rain intervened to interrupt an intriguingly poised Test match at Canberra. Australia Women will resume on 12-2 on the final morning, leading by 52 runs. Before the rain came Heather Knight
England Women v Australia Women – match abandoned due to rain The IT20 leg of the multi-format Women’s Ashes series ended with another abandoned game today, leaving the score at 4-2 to Australia heading into the Test match. The multi-format Ashes is the best of 16 points, with two points each for a white-ball game
England’s bowling proved no match for Australia’s top-order batters, Tahlia McGrath hitting a remarkable 91* of just 49 deliveries. It’s accepted policy that you bowl your best bowlers first, so Heather Knight asked Sophie Ecclestone to take the second over. The trouble is, it means she won’t be bowling when it really matters. Of course
On Thursday England start their quest for the Ashes. Let’s hope they have been entirely cut off from all media channels, or they will be aware of the abysmal, disheartening, unacceptable, abject (delete as preferred) performance of their menfolk in Australia (a 0-4 defeat). Much will depend on Lisa Keightley’s powers of psychology. As an
Late Alterations to the Ashes Programme Of the two alterations to England’s Ashes schedule in Australia, the timing and the sequencing, it is the sequencing that should prove far more important. The tour begins one week earlier than originally planned, on 20 January; or, if you include the two warm-up matches, 12 days earlier. Placing
Cricket Australia (CA) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced changes to the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes schedule. The multi-format Women’s Ashes series will now begin a week earlier than originally planned, on Thursday 20 January. The series will start with three IT20s at the Adelaide Oval, followed by the Test match
England Women have announced their Women’s Ashes squad and the England Women’s A squad which will accompany the senior group throughout the tour. There is a 17-strong senior group, and 12 players in the England Women’s A squad. Selection will focus on the senior group but there is scope for members of the England Women’s A squad
Experienced all-rounder Jenny Gunn has been ruled out of England’s Vitality Women’s IT20 series against Australia with a side strain. The Nottinghamshire and Loughborough Lightning player will leave the England squad to begin rehab ahead of the Kia Super League. She will not be replaced in the squad.
England Women have named a squad of 13 for their must-win Kia Women’s Test. Heather Knight (Berkshire, cap) Tammy Beaumont (Kent) Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire) Kate Cross (Lancashire) Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire) Georgia Elwiss (Sussex) Kirstie Gordon (Nottinghamshire) Amy Jones (Warwickshire) Laura Marsh (Kent) Nat Sciver (Surrey) Anya Shrubsole (Berkshire) Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire) Sarah Taylor (Sussex, wicketkeeper)