The England Women cricket team will be playing their first-ever international series after the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which was held just before the COVID-19 pandemic punched the women’s game in its face. They have travelled to New Zealand to play a two-format bilateral series against the hosts.
The New Zealand Women cricket team, also known as White Ferns, have played a similar series against Australia in October 2020 and those are the only 6 games they have played after the T20 World Cup in Australia.
The New Zealand Women vs England Women series will consist of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is from February 23 to March 6 with a 50-over practice game commencing the tour on February 16.
The cricketing history between these two sides commences way back in 1973. Since then, they have played 70 ODI games against each other. Despite playing such a large number of games, both teams have won exactly 34 each, with one match ending in a tie and one failing to produce a result.
These two teams played the first-ever Women’s T20I match in August 2004 in Brighton. The White Ferns won the match by 9 runs but have enjoyed very little success since then. In a total of 22 NZ Women vs ENG Women T20I matches, the Kiwis have managed to win just 5 and have lost 17 matches till date.
The series will commence with a 50-over practice game in Queenstown on February 16. It will be succeeded by the first ODI in Christchurch on February 23. The teams will then travel to Dunedin to play the rest of the ODI games on February 26 and 28. This will conclude the 50-over games on the tour.
The three T20Is will all be played on different grounds in different cities. The first T20I will be played at Wellington on March 3, followed by the 2nd T20I in Auckland on March 5. The final game of the tour will be played in Mount Maunganui a day later, on March 6.
Also see: NZ W vs ENG W 2021 Schedule