Australia captain Meg Lanning calls for more women’s Test matches. While all the recent Tests have been played between Australia and England, Lanning hopes to see other nations showing interest in the multi-day format.
The Women’s Ashes takes place once in two years and the multi-format series comprises of just one Test match. The last non-Ashes Test was played in November 2014 between India and South Africa. Lanning feels that India could play a vital role to inspire growth in the longest format.
Lanning, speaking to SEN Radio on Tuesday (April 9), said: “We’d love to play more Test matches. Unfortunately, it’s only Australia and England that are interested at the moment, and we only play each other every couple of years. That probably is a bit of a problem. Hopefully down the track more countries are interested.
“I think India would be great at playing Test matches. I think they’d probably be the big fish to get involved because they’ve got such a big influence in cricket. If that was the case, I think that would definitely help that side of the game grow.”
Lanning, who made her international debut in December 2010, has played just three Tests as opposed to 72 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 85 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). While Australia might have played six Tests in the last decade (second-best to England’s seven), Lanning feels that it’s tough to prepare given that they play so less. And the irregular scheduling doesn’t hep their cause either.