New Zealand cricket announced that it will host England Women and Australia Women in February-March and March-April respectively for a three-match ODI and three-match T20I series.
England will arrive in New Zealand on January 26 and undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Once England has finished this, it will travel to Queenstown for a nine-day training camp. They will play warm-up games at John Davies Oval on February 14 and 16.
The bilateral series will begin from February 23 with three-match ODI series, followed by three-match T20I series. The last match of the series will be played on March 7.
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England will be playing 3 ODIs and as many T20Is against the White Ferns between February 23 and March 7 while Australia will also compete in the same number of matches – 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs — between March 28 and April 10.#ENGvNZ pic.twitter.com/xLxyyrYQFk
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) January 14, 2021
Kent Women trio of opening bat Tammy Beaumont, left-arm seamer Tash Farrant and middle-order Fran Wilson have been selected in England Women’s squad. Farrant, who had a wonderful outing with the South East Stars during the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy has made a comeback into the squad after playing her last in 2018, while Beaumont and Wilson have retained their places.
England Women squad: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Danni Wyatt
Director of England Women’s Cricket, Jonathan Finch, said: “We’re hugely excited about getting over to New Zealand and maintaining our commitment to play international cricket despite these challenging times. We have a really important 24 months in front of us with two ICC Global Events, the Women’s Ashes and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Our ambition is to be successful across all these events and this tour is the first step towards achieving that. 2020 has provided many challenges, but under the leadership of Lisa and Heather we have a group of players who are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”
England tour of New Zealand schedule
|Feb 23, 2021||1st ODI||Christchurch|
|Feb 26, 2021||2nd ODI||Dunedin|
|Feb 28, 2021||3rd ODI||Dunedin|
|Mar 3, 2021||1st T20I||Wellington|
|Mar 5, 2021||2nd T20I||Auckland|
|Mar 7, 2021||3rd T20I||Tauranga|
Just in a few days after England depart, Australia will arrive in New Zealand and undergo the mandatory isolation ahead of the series.
The New Zealand-Australia series will commence from March 28 with three-match T20I series, followed by three-match ODI series. The last match of the series will be played on April 10.
Australia tour of New Zealand schedule
|Mar 28, 2021||1st T20I||Hamilton|
|Mar 30, 2021||2nd T20I||Hamilton|
|Apr 1, 2021||3rd T20I||Hamilton|
|Apr 4, 2021||1st ODI||Tauranga|
|Apr 7, 2021||2nd ODI||Tauranga|
|Apr 10, 2021||3rd ODI||Tauranga|
“We’re very grateful to the New Zealand government for supporting and enabling these women’s tours and for creating an environment in which they can proceed. It’s great that New Zealand and the world will be able to see these two terrific women’s sides – Australia and England, in action against the White Ferns, and women’s cricket receiving the attention it deserves. And with the ICC Women’s World Cup to be hosted in New Zealand next summer, it’s particularly important that teams are able to play and compete and develop their games ahead of such a significant tournament, NZC chief executive David White said.
It will be an interesting contest since New Zealand will play the ODI champions England first and then the T20I champions Australia next.
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