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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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Cricket Australia to investigate ‘dangerous’ pitch abandonment

North Sydney Oval match ended mid run-chase and was decided via rain methodInaugural women’s day-night Ashes Test slated for ground next monthCricket Australia will investigate the farcical abandonment of NSW’s one-day clash with Victoria amid a call t…

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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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Family values stand Alyssa Healy in good stead for women’s Ashes series | Pete Smith

The Australia wicketkeeper will be able to draw on an unrivalled personal support team during the Southern Stars’ tour of England

Australian women’s team wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy boasts cricketing bloodlines like few others. Father Greg was a Queensland squad member, uncle Ian is considered one of Australia’s all-time great glovemen while another uncle, Ken, also played Sheffield Shield cricket. And Healy’s cricketing bond has been further enhanced following her recent engagement to Australian Test fast bowler Mitchell Starc.

While much of the cricket world’s focus is currently on the five-Test battle for the Ashes, Australia’s women’s team are on their own quest in England. The Southern Stars, to use their marketing department-coined moniker, have been dominant in recent years. They have claimed three successive Twenty20 World Cup titles and are reigning 50-over world champions, becoming one of Australia’s premier female sporting teams in the process. There is, however, one unconquered hurdle. Like their male counterparts the Southern Stars are seeking to end a 14-year winless drought in England.

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England Women hoping to capitalise on forward momentum in Ashes series

• Home side begin defence against Australia amid positive mood
• Series to be broadcast on Sky and played at county grounds

With successes at the rugby and football World Cups, there is a feelgood factor around women’s sport. For the first time in a long while, there is also a positivity around English cricket.

England’s women begin their Ashes defence this week against a strong Australia side, with the series being broadcast on Sky for the first time. England are hoping to impress with an eye-catching brand of cricket and, above all, hit Australia hard.

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Women’s Ashes: England trust in experience to thwart resurgent Australia

Hosts hope their added focus and fitness after going professional will give them the edge and prevent the vibrant young tourists reclaiming the urn

England are keen to capitalise on the feelgood factor in women’s sport when the 21st Ashes starts in Taunton on Tuesday. Australia may be favourites but England have triumphed in both series since the format was overhauled two years ago, winning by eight points in 2013 and two points in 2013-14.

It will be an intriguing contest. The top two ranked teams in the world invest more money and energy into developing the women’s game than anyone else, and this will be the first time that England have played an Ashes series since turning fully professional. Eighteen players, led by the captain, Charlotte Edwards, were given full-time playing contracts in 2014 and it is unlikely we will see any player outside that group feature in the series, although there are a number in the academy who would be ready to step in should injuries or loss of form require England to find reinforcements.

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Nat Sciver excited as England Women prepare Ashes defence against Australia

The road to cricketing success has been an odd one for England’s Nat Sciver who was born in Japan and grew up in Poland playing football at the school of hard knocks

Stand-offs over post-Test beers may have made headlines in men’s Ashes, but Nat Sciver is hoping for no such problems when England and Australia’s Women begin battle on Tuesday.

“Of course we will [offer them a drink],” says the Surrey all-rounder, who stands to play in her second series between the old rivals. “I don’t know if they will join us – one year they did and one year they didn’t – but the relationship between the teams is really good and a lot of their team have been very accepting to our players when they have gone over to play in Australia.”

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Fair play: business can help kick sexism out of sport

Men have long dominated the sports industry, but more commercial investment will create opportunities for women

Serena Williams played her way to a sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday and is now being hailed as one of the greatest players of all time. In June, the 2015 England women’s World Cup team took third place in the most watched football event in US television history, and England’s women’s cricket team is aiming for a third straight victory this month in the Women’s Ashes series.

Related: Serena Williams transcends sport. We’re lucky to be living in her time

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Fair play: business can help kick sexism out of sport

Men have long dominated the sports industry, but more commercial investment will create opportunities for women

Serena Williams played her way to a sixth Wimbledon title on Saturday and is now being hailed as one of the greatest players of all time. In June, the 2015 England women’s World Cup team took third place in the most watched football event in US television history, and England’s women’s cricket team is aiming for a third straight victory this month in the Women’s Ashes series.

Related: Serena Williams transcends sport. We’re lucky to be living in her time

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Australia’s Jess Jonassen wants to expose England’s Ashes scars

• All-rounder fires off first shot in Ashes war of words
• Series due to get under way next week in Taunton

Australia’s all-rounder Jess Jonassen has claimed England have “psychological scars” which her team will seek to exploit when the women’s Ashes begins .

Australia’s women, nicknamed the Southern Stars, have not won the Ashes in England since 2001 and are facing their third consecutive series loss. Jonassen, however, believes England may still be haunted by a six-wicket defeat to Australia in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 final 15 months ago.

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Australian women’s cricket team vow to attack on Ashes tour of England

  • Southern Stars fly out to UK on Monday
  • Seeking to win for first time in England for 14 years

The Australian women’s team are promising to back their attacking brand of cricket in England, believing it provides the best chance to reclaim the women’s Ashes. Captain Meg Lanning and her team were flying out for England on Monday, aiming to break a 14-year dry spell in that country and remove any doubt over who are the world’s best.

Sustained Ashes success is the one thing missing from the Southern Stars’ wonderful record over the past decade. They have won two of the last three World Cups and three of the last four World Twenty20 tournaments. But they have failed to stamp their authority over their English counterparts, with just one series win (2011) in six attempts since 2005.

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Charlotte Edwards: England will take attacking cue from men in Women’s Ashes

• Captain Edwards expects positive, attacking brand of cricket
• 14-player squad has combined total of over 800 ODI caps

The England women’s cricket captain, Charlotte Edwards, believes the forthcoming women’s Ashes series will showcase a positive, attacking style of cricket.

Speaking at the announcement of the squad for the first three matches of the series, Edwards said the team had been galvanised by the changes in the men’s game and were also hoping to tap into the momentum given to women’s sport by the England football team’s third place at the World Cup in Canada.

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Cricket should stop treating women as second-class citizens. It’s embarrassing

The sport’s administrators, media and fans continue to patronise, diminish and undermine women’s cricket. It’s backwards and we need to up our game

Geoff Lemon for The Nightwatchman, part of the Guardian Sport Network

It has to be the most embarrassing cricket footage I’ve ever seen. Worse than those compilations of Inzamam-Ul-Haq run-outs. Worse than Steve Harmison bowling to second slip or Darryl Tuffey’s 14-ball over. You can watch it again and again, squirming more each time yet strangely compelled to click replay, the only time Channel Nine’s lunchtime filler has approached the genius of The Office.

It’s the Boxing Day Ashes Test in 2013. Michael Slater – the accidental David Brent – is presenting with Michael Vaughan. Their guests are Australian players Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry. Women’s cricket is getting six minutes of airtime amid five men’s Tests. In those six minutes Vaughan’s contribution consists of four questions about the men’s series and 35 seconds narrating footage of himself on a British dance show. Slater manages to praise the women for being attractive, admit he doesn’t know who won their last series, make cat-fight noises to portray them sledging, ask how they physically cope with playing cricket, and claim credit for Perry’s career after “I let her get me out” in an exhibition game.

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Ashes 2015: fixture list and schedule

The full schedule for the summer of Ashes cricket, including the venues and start times for both the women’s and men’s matches

25-28 June 2015: Kent v Australians, Canterbury

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Australia name touring party for Women’s Ashes series against England

  • Three potential Test debutants included in 15-woman squad
  • Southern Stars looking to win back Women’s Ashes

Meg Lanning will lead Australia’s push to reclaim the Women’s Ashes in England next month, with three potential Test debutants named in a touring party of 15. Pace bowler Holly Ferling returns to the Southern Stars’ squad after injury, while batter Nicole Bolton, spinner Kristen Beams and allrounder Jess Jonassen could win their first Test caps.

Chair of selectors Julie Savage said Ferling had overcome the back injury that caused her to miss last year’s series against Pakistan and the West Indies. “Holly Ferling has been training very well at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane and will spearhead our pace attack with Ellyse Perry,” she said.

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Heather Knight: ‘I don’t mind the Aussies too much. We get on reasonably well’

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