Phoebe Graham Blog: Women’s cricket needs more test matches after England’s thrilling clash with South Africa | Cricket News

The Women’s Test between England and South Africa ended in a draw this week, with rain ending the home side’s victory in Taunton; Heather Knight, England captain: ‘It’s important to remember the good things about this test’

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In her latest blog, Phoebe Graham calls for women’s cricket to offer more test matches between teams so that players can taste the “top” of the sport…

Play test cricket for your country. The pinnacle of every cricketer’s career.

Yet whenever there is a women’s international test match, the teams don’t just play against each other, they fight to keep women’s test cricket alive.

After the phenomenal Ashes Test in Canberra earlier this year, we’ve seen a flurry of noise about the Women’s Test cricket and how fans want to see more. Despite this, ICC chairman Greg Barclay recently said that women’s Test cricket was not a significant part of the future landscape.

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Doesn’t England’s Test against South Africa last week once again beg the question, why aren’t international female cricketers playing more Test cricket?

Following her side's draw with South Africa, England captain Heather Knight said she was disappointed that post-match conversations focused on the four- or five-day Test debate rather than her side's performance.

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Following her side’s draw with South Africa, England captain Heather Knight said she was disappointed that post-match conversations focused on the four- or five-day Test debate rather than her side’s performance.

Following her side’s draw with South Africa, England captain Heather Knight said she was disappointed that post-match conversations focused on the four- or five-day Test debate rather than her side’s performance.

We know that there are big battles to be fought in women’s cricket globally, such as the structure of national teams and how to fully professionalize the game. Yes, it is important that the game has a solid foundation , but like any career, there has to be a peak. Test cricket is the pinnacle.

This unique test against South Africa showed just how entertaining women’s test cricket really is. There were 882 runs scored, three hundred inaugural Tests achieved – Marizanne Kapp, Nat Sciver and Alice Davidson-Richards – a world-class fielding and 23 wickets taken. The game exuded quality, saw newbies compete on the world stage, and had its own twists.

Nat Sciver joins the elite 150 club of Women's Test cricket on day three of the Test against South Africa.

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Nat Sciver joins the elite 150 club of Women’s Test cricket on day three of the Test against South Africa.

Nat Sciver joins the elite 150 club of Women’s Test cricket on day three of the Test against South Africa.

Kate Cross showcased her experience and class, taking four wickets in the first leg. South Africa posted a respectful 284, courtesy of Kapp’s sublime 150, then England 121-5, but that’s where we saw one of the greatest partnerships of all time. Sciver and Davidson-Richards put together a 207-point partnership that helped England declare 417-8.

Following her side's draw with South Africa, England captain Heather Knight said she was disappointed that post-match conversations focused on the four- or five-day Test debate rather than her side's performance.

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Following her side’s draw with South Africa, England captain Heather Knight said she was disappointed that post-match conversations focused on the four- or five-day Test debate rather than her side’s performance.

Following her side’s draw with South Africa, England captain Heather Knight said she was disappointed that post-match conversations focused on the four- or five-day Test debate rather than her side’s performance.

With a 133-run lead, it was time to see the rise of debutant Issy Wong, battling with some of South Africa’s best, taking the wicket from Laura Wolveraat in the first and second innings. Unfortunately, despite South Africa trailing five points with only a 48-point lead, the game was interrupted by rain.

Five days would have seen a result.

The multi-format series against South Africa will continue and both teams take two points each. The big question remains though, when will the ICC take the Women’s Test cricket seriously?

International female cricketers need to play more test cricket. Greg Barclay, I think it’s time to rethink.


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