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This year’s women’s Ashes series is surrounded by unfamiliar territory | Mel Jones

In a rapidly changing cricket landscape, the upcoming series in Australia promises intrigue among the unknownA lot has changed since Margaret Peden led out her Australian side onto the Exhibition Ground in Brisbane for the first women’s cricket Test ma…

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Ashes 2017: England Women cover all bases for revenge mission Down Under | Vithushan Ehantharajah

Fresh from winning the World Cup in thrilling fashion, Mark Robinson’s side have prepared meticulously to regain the Ashes in AustraliaWhile one England cricket team worry about a continuing police investigation before making their way to Australia, an…

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Australia’s Ashes captain Rachael Haynes: ‘I’m well-prepared as a leader’

There is a sense that all of the new captain’s cricket experiences have been building up to leading Australia in an Ashes seriesLast month, a number flashed up on Rachael Haynes’ phone. It was Pat Howard, Australia’s high performance manager. Haynes wa…

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Australians confident of retaining Ashes despite losing Meg Lanning

  • Rachael Haynes will stand in as captain with Lanning out injured
  • Six rookies were named in the 15-player squad

Australia’s batters have declared they have the depth required to cover the loss of injured captain Meg Lanning in the upcoming women’s Ashes series.

Selectors have named almost identical squads for the four one-dayers and one-off Test match against England, which the world’s top-ranked batter Lanning will miss due to a shoulder injury.

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Australians confident of retaining Ashes despite losing Meg Lanning

  • Rachael Haynes will stand in as captain with Lanning out injured
  • Six rookies were named in the 15-player squad

Australia’s batters have declared they have the depth required to cover the loss of injured captain Meg Lanning in the upcoming women’s Ashes series.

Selectors have named almost identical squads for the four one-dayers and one-off Test match against England, which the world’s top-ranked batter Lanning will miss due to a shoulder injury.

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England Women call up Lancashire’s Sophie Ecclestone for Ashes series

• Young spinner adds to bowling options in Heather Knight’s squad
• ‘Ashes tours don’t come around too often so it’s always a special opportunity’

England Women have announced their squad of 15 for the upcoming Ashes series, with the left-arm off-spinner Sophie Ecclestone the only change from the group that won the World Cup this summer.

The right-arm seamer Beth Langston makes way for the 18-year-old, who made her international debut last summer aged 17, with two ODIs and two T20s against Pakistan, with three wickets in each format. Ecclestone missed last winter’s tour of Sri Lanka because of school commitments but will provide the captain, Heather Knight, with a taller option on harder Australian pitches, alongside England’s numerous other spin options.

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Australia’s Ashes hopes dealt blow with Meg Lanning ruled out through injury

  • Captain to miss eight months after undergoing shoulder surgery
  • Unclear who will lead Australia in multi-format series against England

Australia have suffered a huge blow to their women’s cricket Ashes chances, with captain and star batter Meg Lanning ruled out. The 25-year-old will miss up to the next eight months after having surgery to the shoulder which caused her problems during the recent World Cup.

Related: Jodie Fields hails cricketers’ record pay deal as ‘huge step’ for women’s game

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Jodie Fields hails cricketers’ record pay deal as ‘huge step’ for women’s game

  • Fields says deal ‘will ensure cricket attracts young girls to our sport’
  • Basic pay for women internationals to rise 119% over five years

Australia’s former World Cup-winning captain Jodie Fields has welcomed cricket’s new pay deal, bringing the biggest rise in salaries in the history of women’s sport in Australia, as a “huge step” for the game.

The renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) for Australian cricketers, secured under an in-principle agreement between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, includes men and women in the same agreement for the first time.

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Ashes saved as peace deal is brokered in Australian cricket pay dispute

  • In principle agreement brings an end to months of uncertainty
  • Details of new deal to be announced on Thursday

The bitter pay dispute that has played out so acrimoniously in public and threatened to derail the Australian summer of cricket, including the Ashes series, has ended with a peace deal between Cricket Australia and the players’ union reportedly brokered.

CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association reached agreement on Thursday, having been bunkered down in intensive negotiations since Sunday, to ensure the showpiece event against England will take place as planned, as well as preceding men’s tours to Bangladesh and India.

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Harmanpreet Kaur’s power-hitting takes India past Australia into final

• Women’s World Cup semi-final: India 281-4, Australia 245
• India win by 36 runs and face England in Sunday’s final

In one of the most spectacular innings in limited-overs cricket Harmanpreet Kaur sent India into the World Cup final with an unbeaten 171 from 115 balls, ousting Australia, the favourites and champions.

India will meet England at Lord’s on Sunday in their first 50-over final since 2005, looking to secure their first women’s ICC trophy. The manner of their 36-run victory, along with Kaur’s unrelenting assault, leaves England with much to think about. Remember that India inflicted defeat on England in the opening match of this competition.

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South Africa v Australia: Women’s World Cup – live!

12.17pm BST

26th over: Australia 139-2 (Bolton 72, Perry 7) Khaka into her eighth. She’s been the pick of the attack I’d say. There’s a single for each batsman, then a couple of dots, before Perry picks up her first boundary: a beautiful drive through cover point for four. Was full and wide but very nicely played.

India are 67 for two in the 20th against New Zealand, by the way.

12.12pm BST

25th over: Australia 133-2 (Bolton 71, Perry 2) That’s class to start DvN’s new over from Bolton. Pulled away between the two fielders in the deep for four. She’s getting up towards a run a ball now. There’s a single out to those folks in the deep, then a wide down the legside to the right-hander Perry is missed by Chetty and runs away for five. DvN recovers well, with two decent nuts to her Sydney Sixers’ team-mate, who takes a single to deep extra to end the over. That’s the halfway stage. Australia well places.

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Australia v India: Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 – live!

10.51am BST

5th over: India 11-1 (Raut 6, Raj 1)

A drop! And former England opener Caroline Foster in the BBC box lets out a startled cry, thinking she’d just seen a great slips catch. Schutt bowled wide, Raut drove hard, thick edge fine of Blackwell at maybe a third slip. She leapt across, one hand out, and so nearly snared it just above the turf. Didn’t.

10.48am BST

4th over: India 9-1 (Raut 5, Raj 0)

A change-up from India, Mithali Raj the captain in at No3 instead of Deepti. Plays out the over. It’s a wicket-maiden for Gardner. There doesn’t seem to be much in this pitch for the batting side, the ball isn’t coming on easily.

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Heather Knight hopeful England can hit big to outsmart Australia in World Cup

Captain confident that players will step up to the mark in big games after learning tough lessons from embarrassing World T20 semi-final defeat

It is disrespectful to New Zealand, India and maybe South Africa to talk about this match as the dress rehearsal for the Women’s Cricket World Cup final. But it is hard to dispute that England versus Australia is a fixture on the international calendar that, historically, has provided the best advert for women’s cricket.

The ODI head-to-head falls heavily in Australia’s favour, with England victorious in only 20 of the 71 played. In the nine ODIs since the 2013 World Cup, it is 5-4 to Australia. As ever, regardless of format or gender, nothing gives the English a better excuse for self-reflection than an Ashes duel.

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Pakistan v Australia: Women’s Cricket World Cup – live!

12.16pm BST

27th over: Australia 107-3 (Perry 42, Villani 28) Perry and Villani take six low-risk singles off the returning Sana Mir. Excellent batting, and you can feel Pakistan’s early optimism starting to evaporate.

12.13pm BST

26th over: Australia 102-3 (Perry 39, Villani 25) A decent over from Sadia, which she needed after a difficult 10 minutes.

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Australia v New Zealand: Women’s Cricket World Cup – live

10.16am BST

Apropos very little, let’s have a bit of Jim Telfer (warning: video contains strong language from the start)

10.10am BST

Australia Mooney, Bolton, Lanning (c), Perry, Villani, Blackwell, Healy (wk), Jonassen, Wellington, Gardner, Schutt.

New Zealand Bates (c), Priest (wk), Satterthwaite, Martin, Devine, Perkins, Peterson, Bermingham, Kerr, Tahuhu, Huddleston.

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Women’s Cricket World Cup: Meg Lanning leads Australia to Sri Lanka win

• Sri Lanka 257-9; Australia 262-2 (Australia win by eight wickets)
• Atapattu’s stunning 178 not out in vain as Lanning hits unbeaten 152

Meg Lanning underlined her status as the No1 batsman in women’s cricket with a superb unbeaten century to seal an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Bristol. The Australia captain scored 152 as the world champions chased down their target of 258 inside 44 overs to wrap up their second victory of the Women’s Cricket World Cup.

An upset looked to be briefly on the cards after Chamari Atapattu single-handedly propelled her side to a 257-9 with a record-breaking 178 not out – the highest proportion of runs (69.2%) scored by an individual in a women’s ODI. The magnificent knock, which included six sixes and 22 fours, was also the biggest score against Australia.

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Australia v Sri Lanka: Women’s Cricket World Cup – live!

10.07am BST

Given the conditions, I’m not surprised. With weather likely to improve, batting will be hardest first up.

9.55am BST

In theory, we all know exactly what’s going to happen here: Australia are going to absolutely cane Sri Lanka, split infinitives and all. Except, happily, sport is played is not played in theory but in practice, and as such, you never know.

Ok, you probably do know, but even then, it doesn’t matter: Australia are one of the best teams currently playing any sport, and we are therefore obligated to devour every opportunity to enjoy them. So, let’s dig in.

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Australia v Sri Lanka: Women’s Cricket World Cup – live!

10.07am BST

Given the conditions, I’m not surprised. With weather likely to improve, batting will be hardest first up.

9.55am BST

In theory, we all know exactly what’s going to happen here: Australia are going to absolutely cane Sri Lanka, split infinitives and all. Except, happily, sport is played is not played in theory but in practice, and as such, you never know.

Ok, you probably do know, but even then, it doesn’t matter: Australia are one of the best teams currently playing any sport, and we are therefore obligated to devour every opportunity to enjoy them. So, let’s dig in.

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Australia v West Indies: Women’s Cricket World Cup – live!

10.15am BST

Which Lanning’s side will – she has her wish, thanks to West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor. Whether she likes the look of the bowling conditions or whether her players are more comfortable chasing – as they did so well in the World T20 final against Australia last year – I do not know.

10.13am BST

Good morning all from Taunton – it’s a pleasant and gentle morning down here in Somerset, with some fluffy cloud around but not so dense as to stop it being bright. The temperature is pleasant, there’s some humidity to the air, and all of that may make the ball respond just a little. All up, excellent conditions for cricket, and with the fast outfield here Australia’s captain Meg Lanning yesterday expressed a wish to target 300 if her side got to bat first.

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Australia aware of World Cup pressure but well set to exceed expectations | Adam Collins

The accepted wisdom in the defending champions’ camp is that finishing second at the tournament in England will constitute failure

Expectations are a dish best served managed. Claudio Ranieri would surely agree. The Italian football manager was the architect of one of the greatest miracles in sport, taking Leicester City from the brink of relegation to champions of England and was then binned off nine months later. In Australia, Alan Joyce never missed the finals at Hawthorn, winning premierships at his first two times of asking, yet could not survive at a club that knew only one way.

That principle applied, the Australian women’s cricket team – the artists formerly known as the Southern Stars – have themselves an expectation management problem entering this World Cup. They are a side for whom success is always binary: claim the trophy or return home as failures.

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