The Women's Ashes

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The Women's Ashes
Refer to caption
2017–18 Women's Ashes series logo
Countries Australia
 England
AdministratorInternational Cricket Council
FormatMixed, points based system
First edition1934
Latest edition2019
Tournament formatSeries
Current champion Australia
Most successful Australia (9 titles)
Most runsEngland Charlotte Edwards (1534)
Most wicketsAustralia 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 competition is decided on a points system, taking account of One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 International matches as well as Tests. Four (previously six) points[1] are awarded for a Test victory (two points to each side in the event of a draw), and two points for a victory in a limited-overs game. As of 31 July 2019, the trophy is held by Australia.

History[edit]

Heralded in 1931,[2] the first women's Test series between England and Australia—the first women's Test series anywhere—was played in 1934–35.[3] 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.[4] 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[5] to manufacture a trophy.[6] In 2013, a new Women's Ashes trophy was produced.[5]

A total of 22 series have taken place, with 49 Test matches played (and one scheduled Test abandoned). The length of series has varied between one and five Tests. Series have been played biennially since 2001, with only one or two tests played in a series. Since the 2013 series, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 International matches have counted, as well as Tests, toward the trophy result. As of 2015, a Test victory is worth four points (two to each side for a draw), and two points are awarded for victory in a limited-overs match.[1]

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.[7] Australia succeeded in regaining the trophy during the 2015 series played in England.[8]

The last Women's Ashes series was contested in England in July 2019, and was won comprehensively by Australia.[9]

Results summary[edit]

Played Won by
Australia
Won by
England
Drawn Ref
All series 23 9 6 8 [10]
Series in Australia 11 5 3 3 [10]
Series in England 12 4 3 5 [10]

Test (until 2010–11)[edit]

Played Won by
Australia
Won by
England
Drawn Ref
All Tests 45 11 8 26 [11]
Tests in Australia 22 6 4 12 [12]
Test in England 23 5 4 14 [12]
All series 18 7 4 7 [10]
Series in Australia 9 5 2 2 [10]
Series in England 9 2 2 5 [10]

Multi-format (from 2013)[edit]

Played Won by
Australia
Won by
England
Drawn Ref
All Matches 35 17 14 4 [13]
Matches in Australia 14 7 5 2 [14]
Matches in England 21 10 9 2 [15]
All series 5 2 2 1 [10]
Series in Australia 2 0 1 1 [10]
Series in England 3 2 1 0 [10]

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 1948–49 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 1963 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 2002–03 Australia 15 February 2003 2 1 0 1 Australia Australia
15 2005 England 9 August 2005 2 0 1 1 England England
16 2007–08 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 1 0 0 Eng 1–2 Aus Eng 2–1 Aus 10 6 Australia Australia
22 2017–18 Australia 22 October 2017 1 0 0 1 Aus 2–1 Eng Aus 1–2 Eng 8 8 Drawn Australia
23 2019 England 2 July 2019 1 0 0 1 Eng 0–3 Aus Eng 1–2 Aus 12 4 Australia Australia

Player statistics[edit]

Tests (until 2010–11)[edit]

Batting[edit]

Most runs[16]
Player Team Span Matches Runs Average Highest 100 50
Jan Brittin  England 1984–1998 11 1024 56.88 167 3 5
Myrtle Maclagan  England 1934–1951 12 919 43.76 119 2 6
Charlotte Edwards  England 1998–2011 10 896 56.00 114* 1 7
Karen Rolton  Australia 1998–2009 11 874 58.26 209* 2 4
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint  England 1963–1976 9 740 49.33 179 2 4

Bowling[edit]

Most wickets[17]
Player Team Span Matches Wickets Runs Average BBI Economy 5 10
Betty Wilson  Australia 1949–1958 9 53 673 12.69 7/7 1.67 3 1
Cathryn Fitzpatrick  Australia 1998–2005 9 52 950 18.26 5/29 2.01 2 0
Myrtle Maclagan  England 1934–1951 12 51 862 16.90 7/10 1.68 2 0
Mary Duggan  England 1949–1963 11 47 694 14.76 7/6 1.88 3 0
Peggy Antonio  Australia 1934–1937 6 31 431 13.90 6/49 2.61 3 0

Multi-format (from 2013)[edit]

Batting (all matches)[edit]

Most runs[18]
Player Team Matches Runs Average Highest 100 50
Ellyse Perry  Australia 35 1425 59.38 213* 2 9
Meg Lanning  Australia 28 1127 38.86 133* 2 7
Heather Knight  England 32 977 30.53 157 1 7
Natalie Sciver  England 33 826 30.59 88 0 4
Sarah Taylor  England 31 822 25.69 77 0 7

Updated as per end of the 2019 Women's Ashes.

Bowling (all matches)[edit]

Most wickets[19]
Player Team Matches Wickets Runs Average BBI 5
Ellyse Perry  Australia 35 55 1232 22.40 7/22 3
Megan Schutt  Australia 25 43 1297 17.37 4/22 0
Jess Jonassen  Australia 31 37 975 26.35 4/38 0
Anya Shrubsole  England 28 36 1242 34.50 4/11 0
Katherine Brunt  England 28 35 1056 30.17 3/21 0

Updated as per end of the 2019 Women's Ashes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Formerly six points were awarded for a Test victory, prior to the 2015 series.) Women's Ashes 2015: England v Australia schedule announced, BBC News, 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ Cricket Booming Among Women in "Woman's Ways" feature, The Worker (Brisbane), 29 April 1931, at Trove
  3. ^ English Women's Team Kalgoorlie Miner, 12 March 1947, at Trove
  4. ^ Women Cricketers. No Ashes or Tests. Playing for Love of Game The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Nov 1934, at Trove
  5. ^ a b The Women’s Ashes Trophy Made in Kyneton Archived 2013-11-13 at the Wayback Machine Kyneton Connect, August 2013
  6. ^ Starting a tradition: Australia and England to play for Women's Ashes at sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 20 July 1998. Accessed 4 September 2013
  7. ^ England retains women's Ashes with nine-wicket Twenty20 win against Australia ABC News (Australia), 29 January 2014.
  8. ^ Collins Adam. "Women's Ashes: Australia clinches the series with 20-run win over England in second T20 in Hove" ABC News, 29 August 2015
  9. ^ https://www.espncricinfo.com/scores/series/19044/womens-ashes. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Records – Women's Ashes –All Matches- Team Records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Statsguru Records – Women's Ashes from 2013 – Team Records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Records – Women's Ashes until 2011 – Team Records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Records – Women's Ashes –All Matches- Team Records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Records – Women's Ashes –All Matches in Australia- Team Records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Records – Women's Ashes –All Matches in Australia- Team Records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Records – Women's Ashes until 2011 – Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Records – Women's Ashes until 2011 – Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  18. ^ "Records / Women's Ashes/ All matches / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Records / Women's Ashes/ All matches / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.