The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that England women will complete their ICC Women’s Championship campaign with a three-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka in November.
All three ODI fixtures will be played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS) in Colombo, with the action getting underway on Saturday 12th November. The second and third matches will be on Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th November respectively.
England women are currently in third position on 19 points in the ICC Women’s Championship (ICC WC) – which represents the qualification tournament for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England – with Sri Lanka lying in eighth, having only recorded two victories in their first five rounds of the competition.
Ahead of the tour to Sri Lanka in November, England women will take on Stafanie Taylor’s West Indies side in the penultimate round of the ICC WC in Jamaica next month. West Indies currently sit in second place, just one point ahead of England in the table, meaning that the result from that series will have a significant bearing on the final qualification standings.
England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Robinson, said:
“The tour to Sri Lanka will mark the end of the busiest ever year for the England women’s team and the conclusion of the ICC Women’s Championship. It will be another good test to mark how we are progressing as a squad, as we bid to overcome a passionate home team in the heat and humidity of Sri Lanka. As always, it will be a challenge that we will relish, as we keep building for the future and look ahead to the ICC Women’s World Cup on home soil next year.”
Prior to arriving in Colombo, England women will take part in a six-day training camp in Abu Dhabi from November 1st – November 7th, to prepare for the three-match series against Sri Lanka.
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