Rachael Haynes: Australia will take initiative in Women's Ashes

Haynes will lead Australia over the course of three one-day internationals, one Test and three Twenty20s against England in the absence of injured captain and star player Meg Lanning.

And the 30-year-old Haynes is looking to stamp her authority on Australia, who defeated England in the one-off Test, two of the three ODIs and one of the three T20s to regain the urn in 2015.

She said: "We don't want to sit back and wait for things to happen, we want to show initiative when we're out there and playing, and I think you'll see that with our style throughout the series.

"We definitely want to take it to any opposition we play, and particularly at this level. If you stand back and wait for the game to come to you it'll get taken away pretty quickly and we've seen that internationally."

The unseasonably wet weather in the build-up to Sunday's first ODI at a sold-out Allan Border Field has frustrated Australia and England, both of whom were keeping their cards close to their chest over team selection.

With the majority of their preparation indoors this week, Haynes is itching to get the series under way.

"I think more than anything we've just been getting a bit of cabin fever being indoors this week with the rain," she added.

"There's a real sense of anticipation within the team and everyone's just looking forward to getting out there."

Two points will be available in all limited-overs games with four on offer for victory in the Test, and while England were well beaten last time out they have more reason to be optimistic this time around.

England triumphed the last time the teams met on Australian soil while they won the World Cup earlier this year and have dislodged the Southern Stars at the top of the International Cricket Council rankings.

Captain Heather Knight told the BBC: "We know we will have to be at the top of our game and that they will be gunning for us.

"Australia are a very good side and this is a tough place to be successful."

  Rachael Haynes, pictured, captains Australia in the absence of the injured Meg Lanning
Rachael Haynes, pictured, captains Australia in the absence of the injured Meg Lanning