England, Australia to play first 5-day women’s Test as part of Ashes next year

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New Delhi: While there are debates to transform 5-day Tests into four-day affairs, women’s cricket is going through a big change. After getting a lot of praise in the Commonwealth Games, Australia and England are going to play the first women’s 5-day Test match. The match will be played as part of the Ashes series next year.

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Since 2017, only six women’s Test games have been played and all of them ended in a draw. A 5-day game will bring more possibility to definite outcome. The decision is taken by the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia to break the longstanding convention. A few months earlier International Cricket Council chairman Greg Barclay said he wanted women to play 5-day tests, while at the same time he raised doubts about the long-term future of the format in women’s cricket.

The match will be at Trent Bridge from June 22-26. The multi-format Ashes series in 2023 will also have three T20Is and three ODIs. As compared to women’s Ashes, the men’s Ashes have five Test games.

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Talking about this step England captain Heather Knight said that she is happy and it is a special moment. “It feels like the right time, for five days, for bigger grounds, and it feels like it’s been a long time coming,” she added. Talking about the inequality between men’s and women’s cricket, Knight said that when she started her career anything felt like a bonus and talked about playing the sport even without getting money. “…but my eyes have opened a bit more. You see the inequalities you’ve gone through and and not really realized. Moving forward on an equal footing is a logical progression,” she added.

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