More calls for five-day Tests in women's game; debate around points structure

The day-night encounter at Metricon Stadium added to the idea that women’s Tests should be played across five days, while Australia coach Matthew Mott indicated the game’s points could need to be adjusted.

“For me, it’s the five-day period”,Mott echoed his remarks from following the 2019 Ashes Test, which was also delayed due to weather. “We’ve lost a full day in the last two Tests, so you’re essentially playing a three-day game on a pitch with no wear and tear, which is challenging”.

“I believe we would have seen a really good Test if the game had been played on a different day. Everyone would benefit from a bit more time in the game. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for an extra day if you’re willing to devote that time.”

When the multi-format series for the Ashes was first adopted, the Test match was worth six points, but this was quickly changed after it was determined that it gave too much weight to one game out of seven, which included three ODIs and three T20Is. Since 2015, the value has been four points, but Mott wondered if lowering it again might motivate captains to push for a win.

DRS is also expected to be available for the Ashes, which will be the first time it has been used in an Australian bilateral series. It was previously used in New Zealand and England, as well as in big ICC events. Several decisions made during the day-night test would have been reversed if the technology had been available. CA stated that it had hoped to have the system ready for the India tour, but due to Covid-related logistical issues, this was not possible.