Men should adopt women’s Ashes model: Blackwell

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    Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell has urged men’s cricket to adopt the women’s Ashes multi-format model to counter packed international schedules.

    The women’s Ashes series which starts on Sunday is decided on a points system across one Test, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.

    Four points are given for a Test win and two for a draw, with two points awarded for victories in one-dayers and T20s.

    The format has proved a huge success with punters, with the Ashes opener – Sunday’s first ODI in Brisbane – a sell-out at Allan Border Field.

    “I understand the balance that needs to be struck with schedules,” Blackwell said.

    “This multi-format Ashes has been a wonderful success for us and it’s something that men’s cricket could look at.

    “I would love to play all top eight nations in this format also (in women’s cricket).

    “Maybe I am dreaming but it is great to test yourself against the opposition across all formats.”

    The Australian women’s Ashes preparation has been disrupted by rain in Brisbane this week.

    They only have an intra-quad game on Friday before coach Matthew Mott decides on his side for the opening ODI.

    Blackwell believed Mott may not make a final call on his line-up until Sunday’s coin toss.

    “It may depend on conditions on the day,” she said.

    “I wouldn’t want to be a selector, that’s for sure.

    “But we are confident that whatever team walks out on Sunday, England will find it intimidating.”

    Australia are looking to defend their Ashes title and bounce back from a shock World Cup semi-final loss to India this year.

    They will also be without captain and world No.1 batter Meg Lanning (shoulder) for the summer.

    England are considered Ashes favourites in the wake of their World Cup triumph.

    After three ODIs, Australia take on England in an historic day-night Test at North Sydney Oval from November 9 before the series closes with three T20s.

    © AAP 2017