Women’s tests should be five-day competitions: Meg Lanning

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Australian captain Meg Lanning wants the women’s tests to run five-day competitions, as their male counterparts do for more results, citing the recent rain-hit India-England game as calling for the change.

Speaking to the media, Lanning said the current system of four-day testing for women reduces the chance of a full result, especially if the weather is spoiling the game.

“I think it probably makes sense to extend it to five days, we have in the last two, the friendly against England and the one recently with England and India, that it rained a bit and saw that once,” it makes pretty difficult to get a result, ”she said.

“So I think postponing the five days makes a lot of sense and I think you will get more results and then the teams will push for it.”

Lanning believes Indian women playing test matches overseas are a great advertisement for women’s cricket and hopes that their team’s upcoming fight against Mithali Raj’s squad will become a regular feature rather than just a “one-off” affair.

The Indian women’s team is currently touring England, where they shared the honor in the solitary test and won the last game of the three ODI series. The two teams will now compete in a three-game T20 series in Northampton from July 9th.

After their stay in England, the Indians will travel to Australia in September to play three ODIs and as many T20Is from September 30th in addition to their first day-night test in Perth.

“It is really exciting that they (India) agreed to play a friendly and they are very ready to do so after playing against England too,” said Lanning.

“I think it will only move the game forward and make the game more popular both here and in India, which I think is a really important part of it.”

The 29-year-old Australian skipper, who won World Cup winners, can’t wait to travel to India for a test engagement.

“Personally, I would like to play a friendly in India. I think this would be a great test and a really good challenge and something I would love to experience in the not too distant future.

“Hopefully this friendly that is part of the series against them is not just an isolated incident, but the beginning of something that will continue into the future,” said Lanning.

The Indian women last played a friendly against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in February 2006, which the hosts won.