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Blackwell optimistic about women's Ashes

Vice-captain Alex Blackwell is confident Australia can turn the tables on World Cup winners England in the upcoming women's Ashes series.

Blackwell optimistic about women's Ashes

Vice-captain Alex Blackwell is confident Australia can turn the tables on World Cup winners England in the upcoming women's Ashes series.

With their devastating World Cup exit still fresh, Australia will be out to avenge their elimination by retaining the women's Ashes.

Australia were shocked in the semi-final by India who sent them crashing out of the tournament with a 36-run defeat.


While England will arrive in Australia in October as world champions, vice-captain Alex Blackwell is confident the can turn the tables on their arch-enemy.

"We're confident we can win these Ashes," Blackwell said.

"We're still ranked No. 1 in the world," she said.

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"Obviously devastating that we didn't win a World Cup recently but it was a great tournament."

The first day-night women's Test, to be played at North Sydney Oval from November 9 to 12, is sandwiched between three ODIs and three T20s and will be part of the seven-match, multi-format series.

While it won't be Australia's first exposure to the pink ball, it will be the first time using it at night.

"I've been a part of an ODI for Australia with a pink ball," Blackwell said.

"It didn't seem to impact the game too much but it was in the day time.

"It's a slightly different challenge no doubt we'll be doing a lot of practice with the pink ball under lights."

Blackwell said the World Cup had shown the playing field in the women's game has levelled and standards have sharply improved.

It mounts a strong case to increase the amount of female Test cricket, with Blackwell calling for more multi-format series to be scheduled.

"Perhaps we can play New Zealand in a set-up like that or any of the top eight nations," she said.

"As the strength of the game goes up, why not play more Test cricket?"

The women's Ashes start in Brisbane on October 22.


AAP



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