Australia Women will also be playing Women Big Bash League starting on December 10 © Getty Images
Australia Women will also be playing Women Big Bash League starting on December 10 © Getty Images

Australia Women are set for busy summer schedule as they will hosting South Africa Women and New Zealand Women. Australia will first meet South Africa for five-One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in November which will be held in Canberra, Sydney and Coffs Harbour after Cricket Australia (CA) announced the remainder of the summer schedule on Monday. Australia will play two matches at Canberra’s Manuka Oval followed by matches at Sydney Oval before concluding two matches at Coffs Harbour International Stadium. In February, Southern Stars will take on New Zealand for three-Twenty20-Internationals (T20Is) which will be played as double header along with Australia men’s team series against Sri Lanka. ALSO READ: Lanning ruled out of Super League due to injury

Speaking to cricket.com.au, James Sutherland said, “The women’s game in Australia is seeing phenomenal growth in participation and following for our national team. Girls and women are playing cricket in record numbers and participation growth last summer was fuelled by the incredibly successful launch of the Women’s Big Bash League. Whilst cricket has had a national female competition for more than 80 years, we are committed to further investment to grow the female game. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are the world’s number one ranked women’s team – and our female cricketers are deservedly the best paid of all women’s team sports in our country.”

The joint T20 international series will be played at the MCG, Geelong’s Kardinia Park and Adelaide Oval. The long gap in the middle was because Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will begin from December 10 and end on January 28. Three of the ODIs against South Africa will be played as part of the International Cricket Council’s Women’s One-Day Championship. Southern Stars, who are currently ranked No.1 team, will be aiming to continue the same and claim the Championship title to ensure they head to next year’s Women World Cup as No.1 ranked team. The Proteas currently sit fifth on the table, but boast a talented squad including WBBL season 1 players Dane van Niekerk, Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp. ALSO READ: NZ Women are not far behind AUS and ENG: Sophie Devine

The double headers against New Zealand will be telecast on Channel Nine. Australia will be eager to turn the tables on the White Ferns, after losing a T20 series 2-1 on New Zealand soil earlier this year and falling to their trans-Tasman rivals during the group stage of the World T20 in India. Sutherland thanked Channel Nine and mentioned, “We’d like to thank Channel Nine for their commitment to the women’s game as well. It’s fantastic to be able to have the Southern Stars accessible to fans around the country and the world. Our female cricketers are wonderful role models and we are delighted to see their increasing exposure is inspiring more and more girls to play cricket.”

Women’s International Schedule, 2016-17:

DATE MATCHES VENUE
November 18 Australia vs South Africa Manuka Oval, Canberra
November 20 Australia vs South Africa Manuka Oval, Canberra
November 23 Australia vs South Africa North Sydney Oval, Sydney
November 27 Australia vs South Africa Coffs Harbour International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
November 29 Australia vs South Africa Coffs Harbour International Stadium, Coffs Harbour
February Australia vs New Zealand MCG, Melbourne
Feb-19 Australia vs New Zealand Kardinia Park, Geelong
Feb-22 Australia vs New Zealand Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Tickets to the KFC T20INTL Series and the Prime Minister’s XI match will go on sale from 2 September 2016.