England women step into Ashes limelight with double-header summer


England Girls will play a five-day Check match in opposition to Australia as a part of an Ashes marketing campaign in 2023 through which they’ll return to the nation’s main venues. It is going to be solely the second scheduled ladies’s Check of that size, after Australia hosted England at North Sydney Oval in 1992.

The Check will happen at Trent Bridge, starting June 22, and would be the first match of a multi-format points-based sequence set out throughout plenty of main venues. Three T20Is at Edgbaston, the Kia Oval and Lord’s comply with, earlier than three ODIs in Bristol, the Ageas Bowl and Taunton. As has been the case for a number of campaigns now, the white-ball matches will probably be value two factors every, with 4 on provide for the winners of the Check.

It’s a seminal second in English ladies’s cricket, stepping up off the again of the success of the ladies’s Hundred and the Commonwealth Video games this summer season, each of which have proven that the viewers and urge for food for the sport on this nation is just going a method.

Later this week, England play their first bilateral ODI at Lord’s since 2014, in opposition to India on Saturday, and that theme will proceed in 2023 with Trent Bridge internet hosting their first worldwide ladies’s match since 2000.

In the meantime Edgbaston, Lord’s and the Kia Oval will all be internet hosting their first Girls’s Ashes T20Is. The England and Wales Cricket Board have taken a web page out of the Hundred’s e book by permitting each males’s and ladies’s Ashes to run concurrently subsequent summer season.

Heather Knight, England’s captain who scored a century within the drawn Ashes Check at Canberra in January, and whose workforce ran out of time to power victory over South Africa in a rain-affected four-day match this summer season, advised the PA information company that this second had been a very long time coming.

“I am so pleased,” she mentioned. “I really feel like I have been banging the drum for 5 days for a very long time, so it is a particular second. It looks like the best time, for 5 days, for larger grounds, and it feels prefer it’s been a very long time coming. Final 12 months’s South Africa Check was arrange properly however withered out due to rain and it wasn’t given the possibility to complete, so it is a actually good step by the boards.”

The ladies’s sequence will start every week after the boys face Australia for the primary of 5 matches at Edgbaston, starting on June 16, earlier than fixtures at Lord’s, Headingley, Emirates Outdated Trafford and the Kia Oval.

Ben Stokes’ aspect will start their red-ball summer season in opposition to Eire at Lord’s in a four-day match beginning on June 16. The World Check Championship remaining is scheduled between these matches, and will probably be hosted on the Kia Oval in June. It was additionally confirmed that Lord’s, who had initially been anticipating to host the showpiece occasion, will get to take action in 2025.

As anticipated, the month of August has largely been saved for the Hundred, with the one worldwide match approaching August 30 when England’s males start a completely white-ball food plan of 4 T20is and 4 ODIs in opposition to New Zealand. Eire then return for 3 one-dayers in September as Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott look to fine-tune their plans forward of the 50-over World Cup in India within the winter of 2023. In the meantime Heather Knight’s workforce will play three T20is and three ODIs in opposition to Sri Lanka.

Clare Connor, the ECB’s interim CEO, mentioned: “We’re completely delighted to be internet hosting two Ashes sequence in 2023, in addition to internet hosting Eire Males, New Zealand Males and Sri Lanka Girls.

“Subsequent summer season will probably be enormous for England Girls and England Males. There are few occasions extra particular in English sport than a house Ashes sequence and I do know that Heather, Ben, and their groups, will probably be excited and pushed by the problem of regaining the Ashes.

“I’m significantly delighted that we’ve got introduced our England Males and England Girls’s fixtures aspect by aspect for the primary time, which means that supporters can enter the poll or register curiosity for any fixture on the identical day. June and July will probably be very particular months for cricket on this nation with the excitement of two Ashes sequence going down concurrently.

“The ladies’s sport continues to develop and we’ve got clearly entered one other part when it comes to the demand for elite ladies’s sport. We have seen file numbers flock to stadia for the second season of the Hundred. Now we wish to give extra followers the possibility to look at England Girls in individual subsequent summer season as they compete for the Ashes on residence soil.”

Vithushan Ehantharajah is an affiliate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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