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Preview – Women’s Ashes Test

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Last Updated on 7 years by Charbel Coorey

Today, history will be made, with the first ever Day/Night Test Match in the women’s game

The women’s game is certainly on the up. With over half a million fans tuning into the recent 3rd ODI, the attention now turns to the pink ball, with Australia having the chance to seal the Ashes even before the three T20Is.

Australia have promised aggressive cricket, and they have the team to do it. England, on the other hand, are motivated by revenge, and are looking to keep their Ashes hopes alive.

It makes for a really great contest at North Sydney Oval. Who will come out on top?

Key to an Australia win

Deliver on their promise of aggressive cricket.

Australia have a captain in Rachael Haynes that is down-to-earth, and clearly focused on the task at hand. She told Cricinfo; “From our point of view,  we don’t want to think about it [pink ball] too much either way. We just want to go out there and focus on the contest happening at the time.”

That focus will hold Australia well, especially considering they have plenty of match winners in their team. The likes of Haynes, Alex Blackwell, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry are all fine cricketers.

A team effort will see Australia home.

Key to an England win

Don’t take a backwards step.
It can be easy to fall into your shell when your opposition says they’ll come at you all guns blazing, but England need to be proactive in this game.
It’s important for England that they don’t let Australia dictate the game from the outset, as they could be playing from behind for the rest of the game. The key would be to get in front early, and maintain as much pressure on Australia as possible.
Captain Heather Knight has been positive about her team’s chances, claiming they love playing with their backs to the wall. 

Stats & Facts:

  • Australia currently lead the Ashes series 4-2, after winning the ODI series 2-1. 
  • A win for Australia in the Test will mean they regain the Ashes. The Test is worth four points, and the three T20Is to follow are worth three.
  • Ellyse Perry’s performance holds the key in this match – she has taken 27 wickets in 6 Tests v England at an average of 16.11. With the bat, she averages above 31.
  • In 48 Tests between these two sides, 27 have ended as a draw. In the last 5 Tests, Australia have won two, England one and two draws.
  • England captain Heather Knight is coming off a fine 88 to lead England to a win in the recent 3rd ODI.
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Prediction:

This should be a really exciting match. 
Australia have promised to be aggressive and England have promised to not back down. 
However, with experience on their side, I expect Australia to win in a tight game.
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Charbel Coorey
Charbel Cooreyhttps://cricblog.net
Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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