The Women's Ashes
|The Women's Ashes|
|Administrator||International Cricket Council|
|Format||Mixed, points based system|
|Most successful||Australia (7 titles)|
|Most runs||Karen Rolton (874)|
|Most wickets||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, the first women's Test series between England and Australia—the first women's Test series anywhere—was played in 1934-35. 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. 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 to make a trophy. In 2013 a new Women's Ashes trophy was produced.
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.
|Tests in Australia||23||6||5||12|
|Test in England||24||5||4||15|
|Series in Australia||10||5||3||2|
|Series in England||10||2||3||5|
Series decided on Test results:
|Series||Season||Played in||First Match||Tests
|Tests drawn||Series result||Holder at
|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
|Series result||Holder at
|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|
- Cricket Booming Among Women in "Woman's Ways" feature, The Worker (Brisbane), 29 April 1931, at Trove
- English Women's Team Kalgoorlie Miner, 12 March 1947, at Trove
- Women Cricketers. No Ashes or Tests. Playing for Love of Game The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Nov 1934, at Trove
- The Women’s Ashes Trophy Made in Kyneton Kyneton Connect, August 2013
- Starting a tradition: Australia and England to play for Women's Ashes at sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 20 July 1998. Accessed 4 September 2013
- England retains women's Ashes with nine-wicket Twenty20 win against Australia ABC News (Australia), 29 January 2014.