Southern Stars to host SA and New Zealand

Australia

Cricket Australia have announced their 2016-17 women's international cricket schedule and venues, featuring visits from South Africa and New Zealand.

The Southern Stars will host South Africa and New Zealand across One-Day International and T20 International contests during the 2016-17 cricket season, including double header matches during the series between the Australian men's team and Sri Lanka in Melbourne, Geelong, and Adelaide.

The Australia women’s team will begin their summer with a five match one-day international series against a South Africa women’s side, beginning on 18 November.

The series will begin with two matches at Canberra’s Manuka Oval (18 November, 20 November), continuing at North Sydney Oval (23 November) before concluding with two matches at Coffs Harbour International Stadium (27 November, 29 November).

The season will continue in February 2017 when the Southern Stars take on the New Zealand women’s team in a three match T20 international series that will be played as double headers during the series between the men’s team and Sri Lanka. 

The joint T20 international series will be played at the MCG on Friday 17 February and Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 22 February, while Geelong’s Kardinia Park will play host to international cricket for the first time when T20 action arrives on Sunday 19 February.

Geelong will become the 11th venue in Australia currently accredited to host international cricket.

CA chief James Sutherland said: "We’re excited to be able to finalise our venues for the T20 International double headers this summer and also announce the full Southern Stars schedule.

"The women’s game in Australia is seeing phenomenal growth in participation and following for our National Team.

"Girls and women are playing cricket in record numbers and participation growth last summer was fuelled by the incredibly successful launch of the Women’s Big Bash League.

"We’d like to thank Channel Nine for their commitment to the women’s game as well. It’s fantastic to be able to have the Southern Stars accessible to fans around the country and the world.

"Whilst cricket has had a national female competition for more than 80 years, we are committed to further investment to grow the female game. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are the world’s number one ranked women’s team – and our female cricketers are deservedly the best paid of all women’s team sports in our country.

"Our female cricketers are wonderful role models and we are delighted to see their increasing exposure is inspiring more and more girls to play cricket."

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