ICC Women's WC starts today
Australia have the home advantage and the statistical benefit of being unbeaten in a one-day series' since 2000, as the ICC Women's World Cup starts today Down Under.
Pakistan meet India at the Bradman Oval in Bowral while England play Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval in Canberra in the opening fixtures of the World Cup.
Eight teams split into two groups are participating in the event with England, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan in Group A and South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand and hosts Australia in Group B.
A glittering ceremony marked the beginning of the ICC Women's World Cup Cricket, which is being held under the aegis of International Cricket Council this year for the first time, at the iconic Luna Park in Sydney on Thursday.
"It has only been four years since women's cricket came under the ICC's control but its rapid growth since that time can be gauged from the fact that from 15 members playing the sport in 2005, we now have 78 members who are involved in some form of women's and girls' cricket," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said on the occasion.
Although, this is the first World Cup since ICC's integration with the International Women's Cricket Council (IWCC) in 2005, interestingly the first women's World Cup was held in 1973, two years before the first men's World Cup.
March 7: England vs Sri Lanka, Canberra
March 7: Pakistan vs India, Bowral
March 8: Australia vs New Zealand, Sydney
March 8: South Africa vs West Indies, New Castle
March 9: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Canberra
March 10: Australia vs South Africa, Newcastle
March 10: England vs India, Sydney
March 10: New Zealand vs West Indies, Bankstown
March 12: Australia vs West Indies, Sydney
March 12: England vs Pakistan North, Sydney
March 12: India vs Sri Lanka, Bankstown