The women's Ashes 2013-14

Elliott wants more Ashes Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 14, 2014

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Sarah Elliott punches one through the off side, England Women v Australia Women, Only Test, 1st day, Wormsley, August 11, 2013
Sarah Elliott is now a Test specialist for Australia and would like more chances to that format © Getty Images
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Sarah Elliott wants the Women's Ashes to include more than a single Test match believing it would be a true reflection on the two teams.

The ECB and Cricket Australia introduced the multi-format Ashes last year in England - where the winner is decided on a combination of points across all three formats - to move away from the situation where the Ashes was determined by a single contest, but Elliott still thinks more emphasis needs to be placed on Tests.

"Test cricket is what it's really about," she said. "I would love to see a few more Test matches so the two teams can really fight it out. Three would be good. That would be fair."

Elliott, who was only part of the Test squad, scored a century in the match at Wormsley last year, which was drawn, and made 13 and 29 in Perth as Australia lost by 61 runs. That means they face an uphill struggle to regain the Ashes with England already six points up and only 12 remaining across the three ODIs and three T20s.

England and Australia are the only two women's teams who now compete in Test cricket. The previous Test not involving those two nations was in 2007 when South Africa played Netherlands.

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Posted by gibbons on (January 14, 2014, 23:28 GMT)

Great thoughts. I've also appreciated Cricket Australia streaming the test match live - I watched some of it (around work!) and know friends who did, as well as their kids. Need to get to more venues as well - nothing here in Adelaide is a bit sad.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

I like the points system across different formats. It certainly attracted more people to watch in the UK last summer than a test series would. It was entertaining and there was reasonable coverage on tv. Women do not routinely play 4 day cricket at the moment.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (January 14, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

I give this idea my enthusiastic backing - for the same reasons that igorolman has suggested. May the women's game go from strength to strength, world-wide.

Posted by brixcc on (January 14, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Best of luck with that idea. Two weeks after a TWO match series being contested between # 1 and 2 in the world!

Posted by igorolman on (January 14, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

Couldn't agree more. Women's cricket is ideally suited for Test matches, with skill and finesse playing a bigger part than brute force, and three Tests between evenly-matched teams would surely be better than a string of JAMODIs. It would also get rid of the ridiculous points system currently in place.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

The most recent match was such a good game of cricket, not only because of the outcome, but in terms of the ebb and flow of the play, as well as the skills on display, it is a shame it was the only Test match scheduled I agree with the idea of more Tests in a series; is there a way to make them viable?

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