A record-breaking crowd is set to descend on Trent Bridge in exactly three weeks, with 11,000 tickets already secured for the LV = Insurance Women’s Ashes Test Match in Nottinghamshire.
The fixture between old foes England and Australia, which begins 22 June, will be the first five-day Women’s Test Match hosted by the Three Lions and is set to see the largest attendance for England Women in Test cricket on home soil.
It is the first game in the seven-match Metro Bank Women’s Ashes Series, with four points awarded to the winners of the red-ball clash, compared to two for each of the subsequent limited-overs fixtures.
“It is really exciting that we have finally got a five-day Test,” England batter Tammy Beaumont said.
“I have only played seven or eight Tests in my 12-year career, and all of them other than one have been draws, so to have that fifth day is really important.
“I love playing the format. It is a test; that word gives it away. It tests you physically, mentally, tactically, emotionally at times.”
The record-breaking moment for cricket comes with the wider landscape of women’s sport on an explosive upward trajectory with the Lionesses winning the UEFA Women’s European Championships and Red Roses securing the Six Nations Grand Slam within the last 12 months.
70,000 tickets have already been sold for the Metro Bank Women’s Ashes Series, which will see three T20 Internationals followed by three One Day Internationals after the Trent Bridge opener.
Both sides will be pushing to see the first result since 2015, with previous three Women’s Ashes Test Matches played out to a draw across four days.
A win would see England take a positive first step towards reclaiming the Women’s Ashes for the first time since 2013/14, when the Three Lions won Down Under.
And with Trent Bridge home to storied Ashes performances, a thrilling fixture is set to play out upon hallowed turf.
“On the whole, I think women’s sport on the whole is on the cusp of something really special in this country, and hopefully we can ride the crest of that wave,” Beaumont continued.
“The standard is going to be higher than it ever has been and both teams will try to take the game forwards.
“It is the biggest rivalry in men’s and women’s cricket, and, playing at Trent Bridge, the crowd will be so important in giving us an edge.”
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