Matthew Motts Calls for Five-Day Women’s Test
By Tanushka Gain
on Mon Oct 04 2021
Head coach Matthew Motts has called an extra day’s play for the Women’s Test after Australia women’s team took a draw against India on the fourth day of play.
“Five days [ideally] for me… we’ve lost a full day of cricket in the last few Tests. That’s why essentially you’re playing a 3-day game on a surface that doesn’t have any wear and tear. If this game had gone on for one more day, I think we would have seen a very good Test match,” Motts said in a post-match press conference on Sunday (October 3).
Australia started the day under the pump and avoided follow-on before declaring 136 runs behind India’s first innings score of 377/8. The decision, perhaps, stemmed from the fact that there was little time to force some of the four-day fixture. Which had also lost a critical period to rain. Matthew Motts recognized that bad weather was inevitable at this time of year in Queensland. And a little more time in the game would have benefited everyone.
“Matthew Motts thinks Queensland has a big chance of essentially losing some time in the rain at this time of year. Women’s cricket probably doesn’t have as much wear and tear on the wicket as our male counterparts. So it’s a little bit The game is different. From that point of view, the spinners may not get that much. A little more time in the game will definitely help everyone to a great extent. And I think if we’re going to dedicate that time, I No, I don’t. Looks like that extra day is too much to ask for,” said Matthew Motts.
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The multi-format points system, which came into existence in the 2013 Women’s Ashes, gave teams six points for a win and two for a DTO. This changed in 2015. in which the teams removed 4 to win – reducing the impact of one-sided Test results on the rest of the series. Matthew Motts concedes that it can probably be reduced to two. So that teams take more risks in pursuit of a favorable outcome, and not reduce the chances of the opposition leaving four points on the teams.
“We’ve debated this in the last few Tests. And I think once it was six points, now it’s four. Maybe we should bring it back to 2 so the teams are ready to roll the dice a little more. There’s only human. It’s the context of the series. We like to take the game up and do it. But it’s also a chance to give 4 points for India. So maybe that’s something we can look at,” Matthews Motts said.
Test cricket has been little for women’s teams around the world. So Motts was unsure how to rate his players based on just one result. Especially since most of the cricket played by these players is in the white ball format. . Australia had the rub of the green in the toss. But being behind in eight balls allowed India to keep their eye on the start.
“I really don’t know to be honest,” admitted Matthew Motts, how he would judge his players in such sporadic fixtures. “You play 95% of white-ball cricket and we have two Tests, so it’s tough. I think the type of Test match is a factor.
“I think we will be better every time we play. It is difficult to perform. Usually we have a practice match beforehand. Honestly, I want us to play five-day Tests and play like our format. What.