ICC Academy set for Australia and England female teams
Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars and England Women’s Academy will play four one-day and two Twenty20 matches from 2 to 11 April at the state-of-the-art facility
England and Wales Cricket Board’s Head of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor: “The ICC Academy provides the ideal venue to host both a training camp and an international series”
Australia international Ellyse Villani: “Our men’s team trained at the ICC Academy late last year and were full of praise for the venue so we are very much looking forward to experiencing the world-class facilities for ourselves”
ICC Academy Manager Will Kitchen: “The fact we can host two international squads simultaneously and provide them with not only a training base but also conditions for matches too speaks volumes for the scale and quality of what we have to offer at the ICC Academy”
The next generation of England and Australia’s women cricketers will do battle at Dubai Sports City next month when they go head-to-head in a series of one-day and Twenty20 matches at the ICC Academy.
The England Women’s Academy and the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars will come together for four one-day matches on 2, 4, 6 and 8 April before rounding off the trip with two Twenty20 clashes on 11 and 12 April.
And the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Head of England Women’s Cricket Clare Connor said there was real value for both sides in staging the series at the state-of-the-art facilities in Dubai.
Ms Connor said: “The series against the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars presents a very exciting opportunity for this group of players to gain some valuable experience of playing in overseas conditions against tough opposition.
“Ahead of the 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India, the conditions presented at the ICC Academy will be similar to those on the sub-continent, so this exposure to playing a strong opposition in a different environment will be very beneficial.
“The facilities at the ICC Academy are superb: for training purposes across the extensive array of nets boasting different styled surfaces, the indoor cricket school and gym and for match situations on the two playing pitches.
“(It means) the ICC Academy provides the ideal venue to host both a training camp and an international series, and the distance from England and Australia helps to minimise the number of acclimatisation days that both sides need ahead of the start of the competitive matches.”
Details of the England squad can be found here: http://bit.ly/199ckGA.
Details of the Australia squad can be found here: http://bit.ly/1BWl1ya.
Both squads will feature players who have already reached the elite level with England captained by Tammy Beaumont and also featuring Amy Jones, who was part of the successful senior tour of New Zealand earlier this year, and Natalie Scriver.
And Australia’s line-up includes Elyse Villani and Delissa Kimmince as well as seven teenagers in a nod to the future.
Villani said: “We’re really excited to be going to Dubai to train and play at the ICC Academy at Dubai Sports City. Our men’s team trained there late last year and were full of praise for the venue so we are very much looking forward to experiencing the world-class facilities for ourselves.”
The Chair of Selectors for Australia, Julie Savage, added: “It is important to expose our players to differing playing conditions around the world to ensure that we are prepared for events such as the 2016 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in India, as well as tours to these regions in the future.
“These tours are a tremendous learning experience for the young players in our system, providing experience of overseas conditions as well as an intensive playing and training program in a touring environment.”
Former Australia opening batter Lisa Keightley, now Head Coach of the England’s Women’s Academy, will be in charge of the England squad, and will be joined by the Assistant Coach to the women’s senior side David Capel, the former England all-rounder.
And Australia will have an equally impressive array of coaching talent at its disposal with ex-Australia wicketkeeper Julia Price leading that squad, assisted by Cathryn Fitzpatrick, the senior side’s coach and a former world-class fast bowler.
For the players of both teams there is also the knowledge that impressive performances could also see them force their way into their respective squads for the women’s Ashes series that comes up in the United Kingdom later this year.
So it promises to be a highly competitive and compelling couple of weeks of international cricket action at the start of next month at the ICC Academy.