Australian women's cricket captain Rachael Haynes is comfortable with the amplified scrutiny that comes with the side's increased profile.
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AAP
21 Oct - 4:16 PM 

Australian captain Rachael Haynes feels fortunate to be leading the national cricket side in a boom time for women's sport, even if it means she attracts far more public scrutiny.

Haynes was a surprise replacement for injured skipper Meg Lanning to lead the side in the women's Ashes, which begins on Sunday in Brisbane.

The top-order batter leapfrogged vice-captain Alex Blackwell for the top job, despite not being a regular in the XI.

But Haynes is confident she has the team's backing and is excited by the interest around Sunday's one-day international at Allan Border Field.

The first run of tickets were quickly sold out, with a big crowd expected despite a week of wet weather in Brisbane.

The series will feature two more ODIs, three Twenty20 internationals and an historic day-night Test at North Sydney Oval.

"There's definitely been a shift and not just in women's cricket, I think in women's sport there's been a real change in momentum with how closely those teams are followed," the captain said.

"It's been really great to play through this period and we're looking forward to stepping out tomorrow in front of a packed house."

The 30-year-old said the conversation around her rise to the captaincy had not impacted her cricket, instead believing it had improved her batting.

"I know there is a lot of talk about those kinds of things (captaincy selections), perhaps away from our side, but I feel that we are really settled," she said.

"We have come a long way since those decisions were made and I really feel like I have the support of the team and everyone is right behind me.

"I'm really enjoying my batting at the moment and I don't really feel any added pressure. I just want to perform and do well for the team."