The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars face a must-win T20 series against England in their attempt to retain the Women's Ashes, while the Aussie men turn their attention to the T20 format to get a win against the Old Enemy.
The pressure is on Jodie Fields and her side as England holds the lead in the women's Ashes after two consecutive one-day international wins. Australia must win two of the three T20 contests to retain the Ashes, or win all three and take the seven-leg series outright for the second time in a row.
Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron will do well to continue their strong form from the one-dayers and post some big scores, but it's all about the bowling for Australia. Spin pair Jess Jonassen and Erin Osborne will be equally important to shut England down. They have proven to be Australia's most consistent bowlers, taking 12 of the 21 English wickets through the three one-day internationals.
Game one at Chelmsford is the do-or-die clash for Australia. Win, and the Ashes starts all over again with two matches to play. Lose, and confidence will take a huge hit with three consecutive England victories putting them in the box seat to take out the Ashes.
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The three Women's Ashes T20s will be broadcast on FOX SPORTS and you can follow updates via Twitter @SouthernStars
Just days after the fifth Ashes Test ended in a tense draw, two vastly different Australia and England squads will enter the Twenty20 arena looking to ignite the limited overs season. The Rose Bowl in Southampton and Durham's Riverside Ground will host two T20 internationals over three days, with some in-form young Australians hoping to push their case. It's been a long 11 months since George Bailey's side last won a T20 international, while Stuart Broad will lead his team on the back of a series loss to New Zealand in June.
Spinner Fawad Ahmed may make his international debut for Australia after being named in the squad, while booming batsmen Aaron Finch, David Warner and Shaun Marsh will hope to build a strong platform at the top of the order. T20 has historically been where Australia's youngest players come to shine, and it's no different this time with Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood and James Faulkner a chance to pick up where they've left off, taking consistent wickets for both Australia and Australia A.
England's bolter is Michael Carberry, who at 32 has appeared on the international scene just once, in a Test match against Bangladesh in 2010. What he lacks in experience, the Hampshire player brings in devastating ability with the bat. Carberry hit 59 boundaries and 16 sixes in 11 innings, on his way to scoring 502 runs at 55.77 in the domestic T20 competition this season.
With Australia's players short on T20 games in recent times, expect the first match in Southampton on Thursday to be a bit of a fact-finding mission. The Rose Bowl will be a belter and the match will be decided by the batsmen who take their chances.
Warner is likely to be the only Test batsman to make an appearance in the T20s, but his fast-paced scoring is a sight to behold. It's impossible to predict just what could happen in one innings, but a strong opening stand between Finch and Warner would go a long way to securing Australia's first win over England on the tour. If the top order falters and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade finds himself with some time to spare, don't be surprised if he comes out all guns blazing to get Australia home.
On the English side, Joe Root didn't have the greatest of Test series despite his 180 at Lord's, but it remains to be seen whether Broad will even call on him to play. Alex Hales and Michael Lumb have cemented their spots at the top of the order, scoring a combined 695 in the domestic competition, but their suspect middle order of Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara will be under pressure to perform.
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First Posted 27 August, 2013 6:11PM AEST