The Women’s Ashes preparations are now in full flow as Cricket Australia announced the sale of tickets for the series.
This series, sponsored by Commonwealth Bank, will be contested through a points based format beginning with three one-day internationals on October 22 in Brisbane and Coffs Harbour on October 26 and 29 respectively.
This will be followed by the first ever day-night women’s Test at the North Sydney Oval from November 9-12. The series ends with three T20 internationals in North Sydney on November 17 and with the final two in Canberra on November 19 and 21.
The last Ashes were played in the UK and Ireland in 2015 which saw Australia emerge champions with a 10-6 points outcomes.
Tickets go on sale to the general public from August 10 and will be $10 for adults, $5 for concession and kids get in for free with a valid match ticket.
If making it to the ground isn’t possible, then Cricket Australia have ensured that that all matches in the series will be streamed live on cricket.com.au and the Cricket Australia Live app.
In addition to this the Nine Network will be showing all the ODI and T20I matches live while ABC Radio will be providing live commentary too for the series.
This comes after the pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the cricketers came to an end on August 3, and the MoU was signed with the players coming through as the winners.
According to reports, the new pay deal has proved to be a huge boost for the women’s game, as it would mean the top players like Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry would earn $300,000 a season.
Why is this so huge for the women? Let’s put this into perspective, the average women’s domestic wage in 2011-12 was as low as $2000 a season, whereas this year, the average state player earned $22,000.
To conclude, the average wage for an Australian international cricketer is upto $94,000 and that does not include the WBBL contracts where a player would earn a minimum of $50,000 and neither does it include the match payments.
All this will push the pay scale of top players to around $200,000.
Plus, now, with an expanded bank of $55 million over the next five years and with the news that Channel 9 will broadcast certain matches live for the women’s Ashes, it has added to the boost required for the women’s game.