The West Indies team stopped Australia from winning a fourth consecutive title and now return home to defend it ©Windies Women/Twitter

Ten teams are set to compete in the first stand-alone International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World T20 competition which gets underway in the West Indies tomorrow.

The competition will feature two groups of five teams and run until November 24.

Hosts and reigning champions West Indies have been drawn in Group A alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The West Indies will headline the first day of competition tomorrow as they end the opening day with a match against Bangladesh.

That will be played at Guyana's Providence Stadium.

Three-time champions Australia are in Group B and will have to face India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland in the first stage of the tournament.

The top two teams in each group will progress to the next round.

The teams have been playing in warm-up matches before the start of the tournament, with England conceding a shock defeat to India in their last game before the competition begins.

The tournament also signifies the first time that the Decision Review System (DRS) will be available at every match at a global women's tournament.

DRS was used in some matches at the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 but the system will be fully implemented in the Caribbean.

Many of the players are not experienced with using DRS but they have welcomed the move which is another step towards gender equity in cricket.

"I think it's really good for the women's game and a step up to put us parallel to men's cricket," said Chamari Athapaththu, the Sri Lanka captain.

The tournament's final will take place at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.