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2021–22 Women's Ashes series

 
  Australia women England women
Dates 20 January – 8 February 2022
Captains Meg Lanning Heather Knight
Player of the series Tahlia McGrath (Aus)
Test series
Result 1-match series drawn 0–0
Most runs Meg Lanning (105) Heather Knight (216)
Most wickets Annabel Sutherland (5) Katherine Brunt (8)
One Day International series
Results Australia women won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Alyssa Healy (91) Nat Sciver (99)
Most wickets Tahlia McGrath (6) Kate Cross (5)
Twenty20 International series
Results Australia women won the 3-match series 1–0
Most runs Tahlia McGrath (91) Danni Wyatt (84)
Most wickets Tahlia McGrath (3) Sophie Ecclestone (1)
Total Ashes points
Australia women 12, England women 4

The England women's cricket team played against Australia women's cricket team in January and February 2022 to contest the Women's Ashes.[1][2] The tour consisted of one Women's Test match, three Women's One Day Internationals (WODIs), and three Women's Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is).[3][4] A points-based system was used across all three formats of the tour.[5] Australia were the defending champions, after they won the previous series 12–4 in the points-based system.[6] On 17 January 2022, it was announced that the Decision Review System (DRS) would be used for the first time in the Women's Ashes.[7]

As well as the international matches, the respective A teams also played three 20-over and three limited overs matches against each other.[8] On 21 July 2021, Cricket Australia confirmed the fixtures for the A team matches.[9][10] It was the first time that the England A women's team toured Australia with the England women's team.[11] On 6 January 2022, the tour schedule was brought forward by one week,[12] due to the quarantine requirements in New Zealand for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup.[13]

Australia won the opening WT20I match by nine wickets, with Tahlia McGrath making an unbeaten 91 runs and taking three wickets.[14] The next two WT20I matches were both impacted by the weather, with only 4.1 overs being bowled in the second match,[15] and no play at all taking place in the third.[16] Therefore, Australia took a 4–2 lead in the points-based system going into the one-off Women's Test match.[17]

The one-off Test match was drawn, after England were set a target of 257 from 48 overs to win on the final day.[18] Described as one of the best Test matches in women's cricket,[19][20] England required 45 runs to win from ten overs with seven wickets remaining.[21] England finished the match with 245 runs for the loss of nine wickets, just twelve runs short of victory.[22] England captain Heather Knight was named the player of the match for her century in the first innings and match aggregate of 216 runs,[23] with Australia leading the points-based system 6–4 heading into the WODI matches.[24]

Australia won the first WODI match by 27 runs, taking an unassailable lead in the points-based system and retaining the Women's Ashes.[25] Australia won the final two WODI matches, to remain unbeaten during the series,[26] and finished the tour 12–4 winners on points.[27] Australia's Tahlia McGrath was named the Player of the Series,[28] after scoring 225 runs and taking 11 wickets.[29]

Squads

Ashes A Team
 Australia[30]  England[31]  Australia A[32]  England A[33]

Ahead of the series, Australia's Beth Mooney suffered a fractured jaw in a training session.[34] As a result, Grace Harris was added to the Australia's Ashes squad,[35] and Courtney Webb was added to the Australia A squad.[36] For the opening A team match, Ashes squad members Hannah Darlington represented Australia A, and Charlie Dean, Tash Farrant, Anya Shrubsole and Mady Villiers all represented England A.[37] On 23 January 2022, Australia's Tayla Vlaeminck was ruled out of the rest of the series due to a stress fracture in her right foot.[38] Two days later, as a result of Vlaeminck's injury, Stella Campbell was added to Australia's squad ahead of the one-off Test match.[39] On the same day, Lauren Bell was added to England's squad for the Test match.[40] Emma Lamb was added to England's WODI squad from the A Team for the final match of the tour.[41]

Warm-up matches

15 January 2022
Scorecard
England 
6/193 (35 overs)
v
 England A
183 (34.2 overs)
Nat Sciver 71 (71)
Lauren Bell 3/35 (6 overs)
Eleanor Threlkeld 44 (34)
Sophie Ecclestone 3/24 (6 overs)
England Women won by 10 runs
Phillip Oval, Canberra
  • No toss.

16 January 2022
Scorecard
England A 
9/143 (20 overs)
v
 England
103 (17.1 overs)
Emma Lamb 48 (32)
Sophie Ecclestone 7/14 (4 overs)
Heather Knight 35 (21)
Kirstie Gordon 3/19 (4 overs)
England A Women won by 40 runs
Phillip Oval, Canberra
  • No toss.

16 January 2022
Scorecard
England 
9/125 (20 overs)
v
 England A
6/130 (19.2 overs)
Nat Sciver 33 (26)
Georgia Elwiss 2/27 (4 overs)
Maia Bouchier 27 (28)
Sophie Ecclestone 2/17 (4 overs)
England A Women won by 4 wickets
Phillip Oval, Canberra
  • No toss.

Tour matches

20-over matches

20 January 2022
11:00
Scorecard
England A 
129 (20 overs)
v
 Australia A
7/133 (19.3 overs)
Alice Capsey 44 (31)
Heather Graham 4/13 (3.5 overs)
Georgia Voll 42 (45)
Lauren Bell 3/17 (4 overs)
Australia A Women won by 3 wickets
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Dhaval Bhatt (Aus) and Nathan Johnstone (Aus)
Player of the match: Heather Graham (Aus)
  • Australia A Women won the toss and elected to field.

21 January 2022
15:00
Scorecard
England A 
4/150 (20 overs)
v
 Australia A
0/151 (17.3 overs)
Emma Lamb 52* (43)
Amanda-Jade Wellington 2/22 (4 overs)
Australia A Women won by 10 wickets
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Dhaval Bhatt (Aus) and Lisa McCabe (Aus)
Player of the match: Elyse Villani (Aus)
  • England A Women won the toss and elected to bat.

23 January 2022
10:00
Scorecard
England A 
7/158 (20 overs)
v
 Australia A
0/3 (0.5 overs)
Emma Lamb 57 (31)
Courtney Sippel 1/29 (4 overs)
No result
Karen Rolton Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Nathan Johnstone (Aus) and Lisa McCabe (Aus)
  • Australia A Women won the toss and elected to field.
  • No further play was possible due to rain.

50-over matches

28 January 2022
10:00
Scorecard
Australia A 
9/261 (50 overs)
v
 England A
219 (46.1 overs)
Phoebe Litchfield 54 (78)
Sarah Glenn 3/52 (8 overs)
Alice Davidson-Richards 72 (86)
Molly Strano 2/27 (8 overs)
Australia A Women won by 42 runs
Phillip Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Nathan Johnstone (Aus) and Simon Lightbody (Aus)
Player of the match: Molly Strano (Aus)
  • England A Women won the toss and elected to field.

30 January 2022
10:00
Scorecard
England A 
132 (45.2 overs)
v
 Australia A
2/138 (26.2 overs)
Tash Farrant 26 (49)
Heather Graham 3/13 (7.2 overs)
Elyse Villani 48* (50)
Emily Arlott 1/14 (3 overs)
Australia A Women won by 8 wickets
Phillip Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Nathan Johnstone (Aus) and Simon Lightbody
Player of the match: Amanda-Jade Wellington (Aus)
  • Australia A Women won the toss and elected to field.

2 February 2022
10:00
Scorecard
Australia A 
8/263 (50 overs)
v
 England A
211 (45.1 overs)
Maia Bouchier 51 (54)
Courtney Sippel 4/31 (9.1 overs)
Australia A Women won by 52 runs
Phillip Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Nathan Johnstone (Aus) and Simon Lightbody
Player of the match: Courtney Sippel (Aus)
  • England A Women won the toss and elected to field.

WT20I series

1st WT20I

20 January 2022
18:40 (N)
Scorecard
England 
4/169 (20 overs)
v
 Australia
1/170 (17 overs)
Danni Wyatt 70 (54)
Tahlia McGrath 3/26 (4 overs)
Tahlia McGrath 91* (49)
Sophie Ecclestone 1/29 (4 overs)
Australia Women won by 9 wickets
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (Aus) and Claire Polosak (Aus)
Player of the match: Tahlia McGrath (Aus)

2nd WT20I

22 January 2022
13:40
Scorecard
England 
0/25 (4.1 overs)
v
Danni Wyatt 14* (12)
No result
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Michael Graham-Smith (Aus) and Bruce Oxenford (Aus)
  • Australia Women won the toss and elected to field.
  • No further play was possible due to rain.
  • Charlie Dean (Eng) made her WT20I debut.
  • Ashes points: Australia Women 1, England Women 1.

3rd WT20I

23 January 2022
13:40
Scorecard
v
Match abandoned
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Umpires: Claire Polosak (Aus) and Eloise Sheridan (Aus)
  • No toss.
  • No play was possible due to rain.
  • Ashes points: Australia Women 1, England Women 1.

Only WTest

27–30 January 2022
Scorecard
v
9/337d (104.1 overs)
Meg Lanning 93 (170)
Katherine Brunt 5/60 (21.1 overs)
297 (105.5 overs)
Heather Knight 168* (294)
Ellyse Perry 3/57 (20.5 overs)
7/216d (64 overs)
Beth Mooney 63 (137)
Katherine Brunt 3/24 (9 overs)
9/245 (48 overs)
Nat Sciver 58 (62)
Annabel Sutherland 3/69 (13 overs)
Match drawn
Manuka Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Michael Graham-Smith (Aus) and Eloise Sheridan (Aus)
Player of the match: Heather Knight (Eng)
  • England Women won the toss and elected to field.
  • No play was possible after lunch on day 3 due to rain.
  • Alana King (Aus) and Charlie Dean (Eng) both made their Test debuts.
  • Meg Lanning captained Australia for the 150th time in international cricket.[43]
  • Ellyse Perry (Aus) became the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in the Women's Ashes, with 1,552 runs and 68 wickets respectively.[44]
  • Ashes points: Australia Women 2, England Women 2.

WODI series

1st WODI

3 February 2022
14:10 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia 
9/205 (50 overs)
v
 England
178 (45 overs)
Beth Mooney 73 (91)
Kate Cross 3/33 (10 overs)
Nat Sciver 45 (66)
Darcie Brown 4/34 (10 overs)
Australia Women won by 27 runs
Manuka Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Michael Graham-Smith (Aus) and Claire Polosak (Aus)
Player of the match: Beth Mooney (Aus)
  • England Women won the toss and elected to field.
  • Alana King (Aus) made her WODI debut.
  • Megan Schutt (Aus) took her 100th wicket in WODIs.[45]
  • Ashes points: Australia Women 2, England Women 0.

2nd WODI

6 February 2022
10:05
Scorecard
England 
129 (45.2 overs)
v
 Australia
5/131 (35.2 overs)
Sophie Ecclestone 32* (65)
Tahlia McGrath 3/4 (3.2 overs)
Ellyse Perry 40 (64)
Kate Cross 2/46 (8 overs)
Australia Women won by 5 wickets
Junction Oval, Melbourne
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (Aus) and Eloise Sheridan (Aus)
Player of the match: Ellyse Perry (Aus)
  • Australia Women won the toss and elected to field.
  • Ashes points: Australia Women 2, England Women 0.

3rd WODI

8 February 2022
10:05
Scorecard
England 
163 (49.3 overs)
v
 Australia
2/164 (36.2 overs)
Tammy Beaumont 50 (101)
Annabel Sutherland 4/31 (9 overs)
Meg Lanning 57* (70)
Sophie Ecclestone 1/18 (10 overs)
Australia Women won by 8 wickets
Junction Oval, Melbourne
Umpires: Claire Polosak (Aus) and Eloise Sheridan (Aus)
Player of the match: Annabel Sutherland (Aus)
  • England Women won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Emma Lamb (Eng) made her WODI debut.
  • Ashes points: Australia Women 2, England Women 0.

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