2019 Women’s Ashes

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The Women’s Ashes takes place this summer and it’s certain to be hotly contested by two extremely talented sides. The multi-format series starts in early July with three ODIs before a single Test and a further three T20Is.

In captain Heather Knight as well as the likes of Anya Shrubsole, Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt, England possess genuine world class professionals throughout their side.

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Not to mention super stumper Sarah Taylor!

For Australia, Captain Meg Lanning and the ridiculously effective all-round star Ellyse Perry will be key to their chances but their strength goes far beyond those two. The likes of Nicole Bolton, Ashleigh Gardner and Megan Schutt will help the visitors pose a severe threat to the home side.

With the men’s ODI World Cup and Ashes series taking place in England this summer, it’s to be hoped that the women’s encounters gain the exposure that they deserve.

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Since the multi-format points system came into place, the urn has alternated between holders with home advantage playing a pivotal role. England won at home in 2013, Australia won down under in 2014, England again won at home in 2015 before Australia regained the title on home turf in 2017. England will be hoping that Australia don’t buck the trend this year!

China’s Batting as Brittle as Porcelain… or Fine China Even!

China Women succumbed to a record-breaking defeat at the hands of UAE in a T20I encounter in Bangkok today. Both the margin of defeat (189 runs) and their brittle batting effort (14 all out) mean the players enter the record books for all the wrong reasons!

With T20I status now applied all across the globe, it’s to be hoped that such humbling defeats don’t discourage players from emerging nations and that cricket continues to evolve into a truly worldwide sport.

It was Kings of Convenience who said that “Failure is always the best way to learn”…

Looking forward to China posting competitive totals in the future.

Heat’s Harris Graces Big Occasion!

Brisbane Heat opener Grace Harris required only 42 deliveries to reach a scintillating century against Melbourne Stars in WBBL 2018-19.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r-llQ6ixZcg

Harris has history at this level but appears to have been employed primarily as a bowler when donning Australian colours. She’ll be hoping that her exploits with the willow can earn her a recall to the national side then both Australia’s men’s (Marcus) and women’s teams could have Harris at the top of the order.

Sharmeen Khan: 46 Not Out

Former Pakistan Women’s cricketer Sharmeen Khan has reportedly passed away from pneumonia at the age of 46.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/12/13/former-pakistan-cricketer-sharmeen-khan-passes-away/amp/

I’m not going to pretend to know everything there is to know about Khan but from my previous readings it was stored in my memory that there were two sisters, (The other being Shazia) aided by their father, trailblazing a way for women in Pakistan to play cricket.

The sisters were instrumental in even getting Pakistan a women’s team and were part of the XI when the players took to the field to represent their nation for the first time ever. They achieved this despite fierce opposition from some quarters.

Women’s cricket continues to go from strength to strength today but the efforts of pioneers such as Khan back when the landscape was far more uneven should not be forgotten.