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General News England, Australia to play first-ever Women's Day-Night Ashes Test
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England and Australia will contest the first-ever Women's Day-Night Ashes Test match in Sydney later this year as part of the 2017 Women's Ashes Series.

The schedule for the multi-format series, which begins on October 22, was announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia today and will feature three One-Day Internationals, one Test match and three Twenty20 Internationals, with the team that accumulates the most points across the series to be crowned the winner of the Ashes. The points system awards teams two points for an ODI or T20 win and four points for victory in the four-day Test match.

"We are thrilled to be taking part in the first-ever women's Day-Night Test and hope that this innovation will be exciting for players and spectators alike," ECB Director of Women's Cricket Clare Connor said. "After we initiated the first-ever multi-format Women's Ashes in England in 2013, we are proud to see our sport continue to develop and break new ground.

"We will ensure that the England women's team is fully prepared for the unparalleled challenge of an Ashes series down under, with the sole intention of bringing the trophy back home."

The England women's team rarely play Test matches - they have played just two since 2014 - so the opportunity to do so, under lights at the North Sydney Oval, is a fantastic opportunity for Heather Knight's team. Since Knight's appointment as captain, and Mark Robinson's appointment as coach, England have performed well, winning their last four series and playing an exciting brand of cricket.

They will be keen too to avenge their Ashes defeat of 2015 when they were outplayed by Australia in England, including a low-scoring Test at Canterbury during which they were both heavily beaten and criticised. Not that doing so will be easy. Australia, led by Meg Lanning, are currently ranked the best women's team in the world and have just beaten third-ranked New Zealand 2-1 in an away ODI series.

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