Age and experience matter in cricket - certain aspects of the game, like the bowling and playing of spin, can take years to master; and cricket does not penalize age to quite the extent that other sports do - losing your 'turn of speed' is for example much less problematic for a cricketer than for a footballer.
So how do England and Australia match-up in this Women's Ashes, looking at all the players who have played so far, in the Test and the 1st ODI?
When it comes to age, England and Australia are level-pegging. I have to admit that I wasn't expecting this - perhaps misled by the fact that Australia's stars Perry (23) and Lanning (21) are both relatively young compared to Edwards (34) and Brunt (28), I expected Australia to be a much younger side than England. In fact, while England's average age is 26, Australia's is only a year younger at 25.
When you factor-in experience though, it is a different story. I have commented previously that England play a lot more international cricket than anyone else; and that is reflected in the average number of 'caps' across all 3 formats.
Australia average 64 caps, while England are nearly twice as experienced with an average of 115 caps each.
I'm not suggesting that this explains everything about the way the series has gone so far... but it might explain something!