England, Australia to play first 5-day women’s cricket test

The primary ladies’s cricket take a look at match performed over 5 days will happen subsequent yr when England and Australia meet within the Ashes.

Ladies’s take a look at matches have historically been performed over 4 days versus 5 within the males’s recreation. Solely six ladies’s exams have taken place worldwide since 2017, all of them ending in attracts after time ran out.

The choice by the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia to interrupt the longstanding conference comes three months after Worldwide Cricket Council chairman Greg Barclay stated he needed ladies to play five-day exams, whereas on the identical time elevating doubts in regards to the long-term way forward for the format in ladies’s cricket.

“I’m so pleased,” England captain Heather Knight stated. “I really feel like I’ve been banging the drum for 5 days for a very long time, so it’s a particular second. It looks like the suitable time, for 5 days, for greater grounds, and it feels prefer it’s been a very long time coming. “I most likely spent most of my profession being grateful for what you’re given.

After I began out something was a bonus, you have been simply pleased to be enjoying the game you’re keen on for England and never even getting paid, however my eyes have opened a bit extra. You see the inequalities you’ve gone by means of and and probably not realized. Shifting ahead on an equal footing is a logical development.”

The take a look at might be at Trent Bridge from June 22-26 as a part of the multi-format Ashes collection in 2023 that additionally contains three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals.

The boys’s Ashes might be a five-test collection, with matches staged at Edgbaston, Lord’s, Headingley, Previous Trafford and the Oval in June-July.

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