Citing example of the recent drawn Test between England women and India women, Australia Test skipper Meg Lanning has called for the expansion of women’s Test from four days to five. Lanning believes that having five-day Tests will produce more result-oriented games.
Speaking to the media in Melbourne, Lanning said that 4-day Tests decreases the possibility of a result, especially in countries like England, where the weather is very unpredictable.
“I think it probably makes sense to take it out to five days, we saw in the last two, the Test match we played against England and the one just recently with England and India that there was a little bit of rain around and once that happens, it makes it pretty difficult to get a result,” she said.
“So I think pushing out the five days makes a lot of sense and I think you will get more results and then teams pushing for that.”
Lanning reckoned that India playing England in a Test match is a step in the right direction and hoped that her side’s upcoming game against India women would become a regular feature and not just a one-off affair.
India women’s team is currently in England where they played out a draw in the one-off Test and lost the ODI series 2-1. The Mithali Raj-led side will now lock horns with England in a three-match T20I series starting July 9. India women are also slated to play three ODIs and as many T20Is besides their maiden Day-Night Test at Perth against Australia women starting September 30.
“It’s really exciting that they’ve (India) agreed to play in a Test match and they’re very willing to do it having played England as well,” Lanning said.
“I think it’s only going to move the game forward and increase the awareness of the game both here and in India as well which I think is a really important part of it.”
Lanning also expressed his interest in playing a Test against India in India, saying that it will be a special occasion.
“Personally I’d love to play a Test match in India. I think that would be a great test and a really good challenge and something I’d love to happen in the not too distant future.
“Hopefully, this Test match being part of the series against them is not just a one-off, hopefully, it’s the start of something that will continue into the future as well,” Lanning said.
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