Nicole Bolton to lead Governor-General’s XI vs England

Australian cricketer Nicole Bolton has been named captain of the Governor-General s XI that will take on an England touring side at Drummoyne Oval on Wednesday 15 November. Now in its third year, the Governor-General s XI fixture will be played under lights for the first time and will pit some of Australia s finest cricketers against England in a Twenty20 match during the Commonwealth Bank Women s Ashes Series. Bolton, 28, has a wealth of experience behind her at both state and national level and has previously captained her native Western Fury in the Women s National Cricket League. Commenting on the announcement, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) said: Nicole is a wonder from the west. With great talent, skill and determination, she will lead our up-and-coming Aussie women cricketers against the formidable English team. Meg Lanning ruled out of upcoming Ashes 2017-18

“No doubt the English will be readying themselves for a fierce challenge. The Governor-General s XI will be selected by Cricket Australia and will be announced in the lead up to the match. Continuing the tradition established in the first two Governor-General s XI fixtures, a representative from Cricket ADF will be included in the squad. CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said the Governor-General’s XI provides a great opportunity to highlight the increased depth and growth of women s cricket in Australia.

Cricket is continuing to grow rapidly as a sport of choice for girls and women in Australia. Our female participation numbers are at record levels and are up 25% over the last 12 months. In schools, clubs and across the community, there are more and more opportunities to play our sport, said Sutherland.

“Whilst a relatively new fixture in the Australian cricket calendar, the Governor-General’s XI is an important one for players selected and our visiting teams. To that end, it is relevant to acknowledge the Governor-General s outstanding initiative in inaugurating the match two summers ago. One of the most consistent opening batters in world cricket, Bolton said it was a privilege to be named captain of the Governor-General s XI. It s a real honour to be named captain of the Governor-General s XI against what will be a challenging England side fresh off a World Cup win, said Bolton.

I m excited to see the make-up of our squad, there s so many talented players across the country so I m hoping we can put on a real spectacle for the Sydney crowd. Entry to the Governor-General s XI v England match is free with play commencing at 6.30pm. Australia will finalise their preparations ahead of the series opener on 22 October with two 50-over practice matches against the Queensland Fire in Brisbane and a three-day day-night fixture against an ACT Invitational XI at Manuka Oval.

England will also be in action with two warm-up matches against a Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane and a three-day day-night fixture against also against a Cricket Australia XI at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Commonwealth Bank Women s Ashes tour matches

50-over matches

16 October Australia v Queensland Fire, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

16 October England v Cricket Australia XI, Brisbane (tbc)

18 October Australia v Queensland Fire, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

18 October England v Cricket Australia XI, Brisbane (tbc)

Three-day day-night matches

3-5 November, Australia v ACT Invitational XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra

3-5 November, England v Cricket Australia XI, Blacktown International Sportspark, Blacktown

 

Commonwealth Bank Women s Ashes matches

One-Day Internationals

22 October Allan Border Field, Brisbane

26 October Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour

29 October Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour

Day-Night Test

9-12 November North Sydney Oval, North Sydney

T20 Internationals

17 November North Sydney Oval, North Sydney

19 November Manuka Oval, Canberra

21 November Manuka Oval, Canberra