Beth Mooney is bracing for the busiest run in Australian women's cricket history as the national squad gathers in Brisbane over the next fortnight.
Australia will defend the Ashes in England from July, with a West Indies tour, two separate home series and domestic 50-over and T20 campaigns before the T20 World Cup begins next February.
Queensland and Brisbane Heat star Mooney said the Australians had spoken about the prospect of burnout and will manage their schedules to ensure they stay sharp.
"By the end of last season we were pretty cooked," Mooney said.
"So it was about making sure we got the most out of that six weeks off, with the knowledge that this year would be even busier.
"I think the next 12 months we're away somewhere between 150 and 200 days ... (but) when that carrot is dangling at the end of the year people will be pretty up and about for it."
The full squad will assemble in Brisbane from next week, with an Ashes and Australia A touring squad to be named at the conclusion of the three-week training block.
Australia retained the Ashes on home soil in a drawn 2017 series, which marked the last time they played a Test match.
Ellyse Perry notched an unbeaten double century in what was only her seventh Test since debuting for Australia in 2008.
Mooney admitted her eagerness to wear the Baggy Green again as part of the multi-format series, which begins with three 50-over games from July 2.
"It's a pretty special thing to be able to do," the wicketkeeper-batter said.
"The fact we don't do it as often as we'd like means a bit more to us."
Mooney is adamant the women's game deserves more red-ball opportunities but can see the logic behind the current system.
"I think once more countries get on board we might see more of the multi-format series across the nations," she said.
"Hopefully that means the Ashes series for the women will be three Tests instead of just one.
"But at the moment, in terms of selling the game, I think the multi-format is what's working ... hopefully in maybe five years it'll be a full-blown Test series."
WOMEN'S ASHES SCHEDULE
* 50-over games - July 2, 4, 7
* One-off Test - July 18
* T20s - July 26, 28, 31
* A Test victory is worth four points (two to each side for a draw), while two points are awarded for victory in a limited-overs match.
Australian Associated Press