The ECB and Cricket Australia have today announced that the forthcoming women’s Ashes series will begin on 22 October 2017 at Brisbane, and will include the first ever day-night women’s Test match, to take place at the North Sydney Oval.
The format is identical to the 2015 series in England, beginning with 3 ODIs (worth 2 points apiece), followed by the Test (worth 4 points) and concluding with 3 T20s (also worth 2 points apiece).
Unlike on previous occasions, the decision has been taken to stage the entire series prior to the men’s Ashes, which begins on 23 November. This will make the North Sydney Oval Test the first ever day-night Ashes Test in either men’s or women’s cricket, as it will fall prior to the men’s Adelaide Oval encounter in December.
The series will take place across 4 venues: the Allan Border Field, Brisbane; the Coffs Harbour International Stadium; the North Sydney Oval; and the Manuka Oval, Canberra. These have – according to Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland – been selected as the “result of a strategic decision to give this series the opportunity to gain as much exposure as possible”.
The full schedule is below.
First ODI – AB Field, Brisbane – 22 October 2017
Second ODI – Coffs Harbour International Stadium – 26 October 2017
Third ODI – Coffs Harbour International Stadium – 29 October 2017
Test match (Day-Night) – North Sydney Oval – 9-12 November 2017
First T20 – North Sydney Oval – 17 November 2017
Second T20 – Manuka Oval, Canberra – 19 November 2017
Third T20 – Manuka Oval – 21 November 2017
Any word on coverage? Will we be able to rely on streaming or BT Sport?
BT Sport’s rights cover all the matches in the m’s & w’s series, I believe.
As long I keep getting BT Sport with my Virgin Media package (other ECB preferred providers are available) I will be happy. Of course should BT pull their services I wouldn’t pay extra out of principle.
The streaming of Aussies v Kiwi’s was good bar some over enthusiastic commentating.
Looking forward to this a bit!
Can’t imagine too much grumbling over here at the thought of the Test match taking place more when we’re awake than we’re asleep.