Edulji, Rangaswamy back 4-day women’s Test
Australia head coach Matthew Mott has reiterated his call for five-day Test in women’s cricket, but former India captains Diana Edulji and Shantha Rangaswamy are among the ones who prefer status quo and instead want resumption of red-ball cricket in domestic cricket.
Mott and England captain Heather Knight suggested the need for making women’s Test matches a five-day affair from four after the pink-ball game between India and Australia ended in a draw. Close to 100 overs were lost in the game due to rain on the first two days. “It’s the five days for me,” said Mott after the drawn Test.
India, who played their first long format game against Australia in 15 years, had also drawn their last Test against England in June. That was their first red-ball game in seven years. As per the current rules, 100 overs can be bowled in a day over four days, 10 more than the men’s Test. “The four-day format is fine for now. We played three-day games back in the day.
“If it wasn’t for the rain in Gold Coast, there would have been a result in this game also. Anyway, you are allowed 100 overs in a day which makes 400 overs for the game, only 50 less than the men’s game,” Edulji said. She said the focus should be on making a one-off Test part of the full fledged series and restart red-ball cricket on domestic circuit. Another former India captain, Shantha, echoed Edulji’s views. “Results should come in four days only. It is more than enough. There was too much time lost to the weather in this game,” she said.
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