Women's news February 24, 2014

India women to play Test against England

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's women will play their first Test since 2006 after a four-day contest was pencilled into their tour of England in August.

In the women's game the Test format has been exclusively played by England and Australia since 2008; the last Test not involving one of those sides was when South Africa played Netherlands in 2007.

India's previous Test was also against England, at Taunton, when India won by five wickets. Anjum Chopra made 98 in the first innings then England collapsed to 99 all out as Jhulan Goswami took 5 for 33, before the home side hit back through a hundred by Charlotte Edwards to leave a target of 98. India slipped to 74 for 5 in the chase before securing the victory.

The Test is part of an itinerary that will also include three one-day internationals before England face South Africa in three Twenty20s. The third ODI will be played at Lord's on August 25 while the final T20 will be part of a double-header alongside the men's T20 between England and India at Edgbaston on September 7.

Clare Conner, the head of women's cricket for the ECB, said: "The recent Women's Ashes Test in Perth was a wonderful demonstration of women's cricket at its best, and I expect a similarly tight contest when England take on India at Wormsley in August.

"Last summer saw record numbers of spectators through the gates to watch England regain the Women's Ashes, and this year's international schedule presents a similarly exciting proposition for cricket fans up and down the country to see some of the best women's cricketers in the world in action."

Cricket South Africa were delighted to have been invited for three T20s which will all be televised live.

"This is excellent news not just for our national women's team but for all women's cricket in South Africa," Haroon Lorgat, the CSA chief executive, said: "The privilege of our team competing in England in such a high profile series against one of the undoubted leaders in the women's game is setting new standards for our women's cricket.

"It is a well-deserved honour and shows the enormous strides we have been making and I am sure this news will inspire and motivate all our players on the eve of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Playing on the same famous international grounds as the England men's team will surely be a wonderful experience for our women's team."

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  • Sanjay on February 24, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    If memory serves me right, India's women played some ODIs at Wormsley a couple of years back. Now, I'm not saying these matches should be FREE but I did consider attending one of these games but the cost to get down to Getty's ground and the silly match fees turned me off.

    Note to Wormsley: I know you have a pretty ground but you charge way too much. It seems the venue only wants to attract the toffs that live in SE England.

  • Sanjay on February 24, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    I wonder what role the BCCI played in arranging this this tour, I suspect it's more a coincidence on their part and more a desire from the ECB.

  • Mark on February 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @Syd Egan Thanks! Even so, Ireland (Associate in the male game and likely to stay that way) can play Tests. Zim is missing from your list, so there is not a one-to-one correspondence with the male game.

    Yes, I know that the ICC only took over the womens' game recently. Even so, it was prior to the Dutch Test match. I am intrigued though to see that there was a Test and that the Dutch did give a reasonable account of themselves before folding at the end.

  • Prateek on February 24, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Almost didn't believe it. Good news. India used to play tests regularly back in the day. May be going forward women's circuit can follow the new ashes formula where series win is based on combined performance in 3 different formats, and it might allow a test to be slotted in on most, if not all, tours.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - These things have traditionally been a bit more 'fluid' in women's cricket, which (don't forget) was a separate game run by a different governing body until 2005.

    Anyways, so The Netherlands *DID* have Test/ODI status, but no longer. (Currently: England, Australia, WI, NZ, India, SA, SL, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Ireland.)

  • Mark on February 24, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    This caused me to do a double-take: the Netherlands have Test status in the womens' game? Certainly the CricInfo archive lists this as a Test match played in Rotterdam (http://www.espncricinfo.com/netherlands/engine/match/298730.html), with South Africa winning a low-scoring game by a comfortable margin. Does anyone know what the rules are on Test status and what constitutes a Test match in womens' cricket?

    It would be an eye-opener if the womens' game is more open to expanding Test cricket to the Associates than the ICC is.

  • P on February 24, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Excellent news indeed. While we see the SL-SA test-series being reduced to a shambolic 2-Test affair, the women's game has provided the necessary thrust to re-vitalize the 5-day game. Good going ladies' !

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