ACA Manager of Cricket Operations & Player Relations Kelly Applebee has backed Australian Captain Meg Lanning, in calling for more Test cricket for the women’s game.
Lanning spoke yesterday on SEN’S Wheatley program, highlighting more regular Test matches was an opportunity for world cricket.
Applebee agreed with Lanning; saying that the game was ready for more Tests.
“Some of the most iconic moments in women’s cricket have come in Test matches,” Applebee said.
“Ellyse Perry’s double hundred, Amanda-Jade Wellington’s unplayable ball or Betty Wilson’s hundred and five wicket haul in the same match, have all been given to us in the game’s longest format.
“So, it looks like an opportunity that should be further explored to allow players to show off their skills and create more of these moments in the long form of the game.”
Applebee said that the growing popularity and professionalisation of women’s cricket meant that Test cricket should be on the radar around the world.
“In speaking with players, getting Test matches against other nations can only be a positive for the women’s game, and we believe the multi-format women’s Ashes can be a roadmap for this,” Applebee said.
“These series have been a success, so there is no reason this couldn't be the starting point for discussions with other cricketing nations."
“When talking to both the male and female players, balancing the formats is always a key focus for them.
“And this is another example of where the Australian cricket can be a world leader, by scheduling more Test matches for female players.”
Applebee played over 100 WNCL games for Victoria and for the Melbourne Stars, before joining the ACA in 2018.