Australia selector Shawn Flegler – ‘Top sides can invest in women’s Tests but important to keep the rest in mind’


“What we’ve seen during Covid is the drop off in the amount of international cricket in the women’s game”

Any push to increase the amount of Test cricket in the women’s game would need to be balanced against the wider development of the sport, according to Australia selector and female high-performance manager Shawn Flegler.

Only Australia Women and England Women have played Test cricket in the last six years (three as part of the Ashes), with South Africa and India the other nations to have been part of the longest format since the Netherlands played in 2007.

India will return to the Test arena when they face England in Bristol later this year and there will be another Ashes match in early 2022 as part of the multi-format series. But currently, it seems unlikely there will be any expansion as cricket tries to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic which has been much more damaging to the women’s game.

“No doubt, the players want to play Test cricket and, that’s not in question at all, it’s a bigger picture that we need to keep in mind a few different factors,” Flegler said on the day the latest batch of CA contracts were confirmed.

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