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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 unknown

A lot has changed since Margaret Peden led out her Australian side onto the Exhibition Ground in Brisbane for the first women’s cricket Test match against England in 1934. Back then, the idea of a fully-fledged Ashes campaign comprising three different formats of the game would have been unthinkable.

Yet, 83 years on, here we are, preparing for a month-long series that will see Australia and England face each other in one Test, three ODIs and three Twenty20s. Fittingly, the location for the opener – Sunday’s first ODI – is Brisbane.

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