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Women's Ashes: England welcome format change

Hazell looking forward to T20s

Danielle Hazell: looking forward to T20 games

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England women will play the first of three Twenty20 games against Australia knowing that a win will see them retain the Ashes.

England lead Australia by 8 points to 4 in the series ahead of Wednesday's game in Hobart - Australia need to win the remaining three Twenty20 games to overhaul the tourists.

Australia head into the game in good form having won the last two one-day internationals to keep the series alive, but England's Danielle Hazell is expecting a better England performance this time around.

"It was obviously quite disappointing to lose like we did," she told Sky Sports News. "But it was a fantastic game and Australia played really well.

"We can take a lot of positives from that game into the Twenty20s and we're looking forward to this format of the game - especially playing before the men's game.

"I think the change in format is good - Twenty20 is always exciting and we've loved playing it over the last few years - we've been very successful.

"It's a game where you can express yourself and we're looking forward to playing in front of some big crowds and on the TV as well.

And that TV coverage starts at 3.25am on Sky Sports 2HD - the women's game will be followed by the first men's T20 between England and Australia.