The Women's Ashes

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The Women's Ashes
Countries  Australia and  England
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format Mixed, points based system
First tournament 1934
Tournament format Series
Current champion  England
Most successful  Australia (7 titles)
Most runs Australia Karen Rolton (874)
Most wickets Australia Betty Wilson (53)

The Women's Ashes is the perpetual trophy in women's international cricket series between England and Australia. The name derives from the historic precedent of the Ashes in male cricket and, until 2013, was similarly decided, exclusively on the outcomes of Test matches. Since the Australian tour of England in 2013, the Women's Ashes are now decided on a points system, taking account of One Day Internationals and Twenty20 matches as well as Tests. Six points are awarded for a Test victory (two points to each side in the event of a draw), and two points for a victory in any of the One Day Internationals and Twenty20 games.

Heralded in 1931,[1] the first women's Test series between England and Australia—the first women's Test series anywhere—was played in 1934-35.[2] At that time, according to the English captain, Betty Archdale, women played only "for love of the game" and did not wish to be associated with the male concepts of Tests and Ashes.[3] The contest was not officially designated "the Women's Ashes" until the 1998 series, when an autographed bat was burned before the first Test at Lord's, some ashes then being placed inside a hollowed-out wooden cricket ball replica[4] to make a trophy.[5] In 2013 a new Women's Ashes trophy was produced.[4]

A total of 19 series have taken place, with 47 Test matches played (and one scheduled Test abandoned). The length of series has varied between one and five Tests. It has become a biennial series since 2001; since then it has also been restricted to one or two Tests.

In 2005, England won the Women's Ashes, winning a series for the first time in 42 years. When the English men won the 2005 Ashes and paraded through London on an open-topped bus, the English women followed them on a bus of their own.

In February 2007, England Women travelled to Australia to defend the Women's Ashes, doing so successfully by winning the one-off Test in Bowral by six wickets. In July 2009, England retained the Women's Ashes after the one-off test at Worcester ended in a draw. In January 2011 Australia was victorious, winning a one-off test in Sydney. England regained the trophy on the new points system in August 2013, and successfully defended it in a series played in Australia in January–February 2014.[6]

Results summary[edit]

Played Won by
Australia
Won by
England
Drawn
All Tests 47 11 9 27
Tests in Australia 23 6 5 12
Test in England 24 5 4 15
All Series 20 7 6 7
Series in Australia 10 5 3 2
Series in England 10 2 3 5

Series[edit]

Series decided on Test results:

Series Season Played in First Match Tests
played (sched)
Tests won
by Australia
Tests won
by England
Tests drawn Series result Holder at
series end
1 1934-35 Australia 28 December 1934 3 0 2 1 England England
2 1937 England 12 June 1937 3 1 1 1 Drawn England
3 1949-50 Australia 15 January 1949 3 1 0 2 Australia Australia
4 1951 England 16 June 1951 3 1 1 1 Drawn Australia
5 1957-58 Australia 7 February 1958 3 (4) 0 0 3 Drawn Australia
6 1963 England 15 June 1961 3 0 1 2 England England
7 1968-69 Australia 27 December 1968 3 0 0 3 Drawn England
8 1976 England 19 June 1976 3 0 0 3 Drawn England
9 1984-85 Australia 13 December 1984 5 2 1 2 Australia Australia
10 1987 England 1 August 1987 3 1 0 2 Australia Australia
11 1991-92 Australia 19 February 1992 1 1 0 0 Australia Australia
12 1998 England 6 August 1998 3 0 0 3 Drawn Australia
13 2001 England 24 June 2001 2 2 0 0 Australia Australia
14 2002-2003 Australia 15 February 2003 2 1 0 1 Australia Australia
15 2005 England 9 August 2005 2 0 1 1 England England
16 2007-2008 Australia 15 February 2008 1 0 1 0 England England
17 2009 England 10 July 2009 1 0 0 1 Drawn England
18 2010-11 Australia 22 January 2011 1 1 0 0 Australia Australia

Series decided on a points system:

Series Season Played in First Match Tests
played
Tests won
by Australia
Tests won
by England
Tests drawn ODIs Twenty20s Australia
points
England
points
Series result Holder at
series end
19 2013 England 11 August 2013 1 0 0 1 Eng 2-1 Aus Eng 3-0 Aus 4 12 England England
20 2013–14 Australia 10 January 2014 1 0 1 0 Aus 2-1 Eng Aus 2-1 Eng 8 10 England England
21 2015 England 21 July 2015 1

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