The Women's Ashes

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The Women's Ashes
Countries  Australia
 England
Administrator International Cricket Council
Format Mixed, points based system
First tournament 1934
Last tournament 2015
Next tournament 2017
Tournament format Series
Current champion  Australia
Most successful  Australia (8 titles)
Most runs England Charlotte Edwards (1534)
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 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 29 August 2015, 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 21 series have taken place, with 48 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]

Results summary[edit]

Played Won by
Australia
Won by
England
Drawn
All Tests 48 12 9 27
Tests in Australia 23 6 5 12
Test in England 25 6 4 15
All Series 21 8 6 7
Series in Australia 10 5 3 2
Series in England 11 3 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 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

Player statistics[edit]

Tests (until 2010–11)[edit]

Batting[edit]

Most runs[9]
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[10]
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[11][12][13]
Player Team Matches Runs Average Highest 100 50
Meg Lanning  Australia 21 768 33.39 104 1 5
Ellyse Perry  Australia 21 696 46.40 90* 0 5
Charlotte Edwards  England 21 638 29.00 92* 0 5
Sarah Taylor  England 21 621 28.23 77 0 6
Alex Blackwell  Australia 21 604 33.56 82* 0 5

Updated as per end of the 2015 Women's Ashes.

Bowling (all matches)[edit]

Most wickets[14][15][16]
Player Team Matches Wickets Runs Average BBI 5
Ellyse Perry  Australia 21 30 780 26.00 6/32 2
Anya Shrubsole  England 16 28 723 25.82 4/11 0
Erin Osborne  Australia 17 25 620 24.80 4/67 0
Sarah Coyte  Australia 16 23 518 22.52 2/9 0
Katherine Brunt  England 15 20 578 28.90 3/29 0

Updated as per end of the 2015 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 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. ^ "Records - Women's Ashes until 2011 - Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Records - Women's Ashes until 2011 - Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Records / Women's Ashes, 2013 / All matches / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Records / Women's Ashes, 2013/14 / All matches / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "Records / Women's Ashes, 2015 / All matches / Most runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Records / Women's Ashes, 2013 / All matches / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Records / Women's Ashes, 2013/14 / All matches / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Records / Women's Ashes, 2015 / All matches / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 August 2015.