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Ex-England batter Claire Taylor says England Women will be 'smarting' after recent high-profile defeats to arch rivals Australia as the two sides prepare for their Ashes series.
England and Australia have been consistently the most successful sides in international cricket for a number of years, but it's the side from Down Under who hold all the bragging rights ahead of a rejigged Ashes battle.
She's [Edwards] just determined for England to do well
Jodie Fields' side have lifted the t20 and 50-over world titles in the last 12-months, beating England in the final of the shortest format in Sri Lanka last year before taking their World Cup trophy by beating the West Indies in India earlier this year.
And Taylor, the only woman to have been named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year, anticipates her former teammates being pumped-up ahead of the start of the Test at Wormsley on Sunday.
"England are smarting from losing the One Day World Cup to Australia and also the final of the t20 in the winter - they'll be looking to put one over on the Aussies again," she said.
"The England and Australia teams over the last couple of years have probably been the best two teams across all of the formats and these are the two best sets of women's players playing cricket at the moment."
The 2013 Women's Ashes will be fought for in a new format across all three formats, with six points of offer for the one-off Test and two each for the three t20s and three ODIs - the first of which takes place at Lord's on Tuesday 20 August.
England captain Charlotte Edwards, who Taylor played under during her 168 internationals, is the woman charged with regaining the Urn and Taylor was full of praise for her fellow batter.
"Lottie is very passionate about her cricket; she's a real cricket geek, or a badger as we would call her in the squad," Taylor added.
"She's just determined for England to do well and to figure out ways as captain to get the most out of her players and herself."
"She came into the side very, very young and has been playing for a very long time. She's a key person throughout all three forms of the game."
Taylor was speaking on the August edition of the Lord's Podcast, which is available to listen to now.