Australia women’s skipper Meg Lanning has expressed her views on the potential five-day Tests for women. While men’s Test matches consist of five days, women’s cricket has always comprised of four. But Meg Lanning believes it makes sense to extend women’s Tests to five days as well since there are more chances of getting a result.
The need for five-day Tests in women’s cricket has risen out of the most recent fixture played between India and England in Bristol. With only four days in place, a result could not be achieved even as the hosts enforced a follow-on. Though the women in blue batted well to force a draw, a fifth day could have ensured a result.
Meg Lanning remarked that it makes sense to have five days in a Test as they saw in the last two fixtures in the format. The 29-year old believes that rains are all the more reason to do so as it becomes challenging to get a result and five days would make it easier to do it.
“I think it probably makes sense to take it out to five days, we saw in the last two, the Test match we played against England and the one just recently with England and India there was a little bit of rain around and once that happens, it’s pretty difficult to get a result. So, I think pushing out to five days makes a lot of sense and I think you will get more results and then teams pushing for that,” Lanning said as quoted by Times of India.
It’s really exciting India agreed to play a Test match: Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning further claimed that playing a Test against India is an exciting prospect as they have agreed to do so. The Singapore-born cricketer underlined that it would only increase the penetration of the game in both countries. India last played a Test in Australia back in 2006 in Adelaide, which the hosts won comfortably.
“It’s really exciting they’ve agreed to play a Test match and they’re very willing to do it having played against England as well. I think it’s only going to move the game forward and increase the awareness of the game both here and in India as well which I think is a really important part of it,” she added.