ICC Women's World Cup schedule announced

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Australia are the defending champions [Getty Images]

Hosts England will face off against India in the opening match of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 on June 24.

A total of eight teams – England, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan – will face off against each other in a league stage with the top four sides qualifying for the semi-finals.

The much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan will take place at The County Ground, Derby on July 2.

The final is scheduled for July 23 and will be held at Lord’s.

“I can’t think of a better moment than International Women’s Day to unveil the schedule of one of the leading global events in women’s sport,” said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

“We are anticipating an exciting tournament and I know the players are looking forward to competing here in front of unprecedented levels of support.

“We’ve already sold 9000 tickets for the final at Lord’s which bodes well for the rest of the event going on sale today. I know we can always count on the British sport loving public to support big events.

“After the extremely successful qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka last month, we can already see that there will be some fiercely contested fixtures as the standard and competitiveness of women’s cricket continues to rise.”

The entire schedule can be found in the image below.

Image [via ICC]

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Mitchell Marsh [Getty Images]

Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh will miss the remaining two Tests in the series against India due to a shoulder injury.

Marsh hasn’t had the best of times in Test cricket recently. In the two Tests of this series, he managed just 48 runs in four innings and bowled only five overs without picking up a wicket.

He has played 21 Tests for Australia, thus far, scoring 674 runs at an average of 21.74 with the bat and has picked up 29 wickets at an average of 37.48 with the ball.

A replacement for the 25-year-old is expected to be announced soon.

With Marsh ruled out, the Australian team will be forced to make a change having played the same XI in the two Tests so far.

After the loss in Bengaluru, it’ll be interesting to see if the visitors decide to pick Glenn Maxwell or Ashton Agar as an all-round option or go for the specialist batsman in Usman Khawaja.

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Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who also took a six-wicket haul in the same Test, is third in the rankings - with a career-best 863 points.

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