England women will take extra motivation from contesting their Ashes rubber at the same time as their male counterparts this summer, according to Holly Colvin.
The Sussex spinner, a key member of Charlotte Edwards’ squad in recent years, will be hoping to play a key role when Australia women provide the opposition in a new-look Ashes format featuring a solitary Test, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s.
The Test, which takes place at Wormsley, starts on August 11, day three of the fourth Investec Ashes meeting between England and Australia’s men.
“With the men’s Ashes at the same time we should have just as much atmosphere and interest in our Ashes as theirs,” Colvin told ecb.co.uk.
“It’s great that everyone rallies together when it’s an Ashes year and the country’s all behind you. We’ve got a duty to try our best.”
Colvin’s excitement is clear as she awaits the opening battle with Australia.
“I can’t wait for the Ashes to start. It’s going to be a fantastic series and I’m sure it will be a closely fought series,” she added.
“Wormsley, one of the most picturesque grounds, will be a fantastic place to start and we just can’t wait to get going and make sure we take back what the Aussies took from us.
“I think the rivalry is exactly the same (as the men) - the history behind it, the close-fought games we’ve had in the past. The following has also been great this summer.”
The new multi-format Ashes has gained approval from many and Colvin is certainly a fan.
“I think it’s brilliant. I think it shows the best all-round team and also shows that Test cricket is still important to the women.
“It’s not just a one-off Test; now it’s even more important and I really like the fact they’ve done this format.”