Coach Matthew Mott: After the Australian women tied India on an eventful fourth day with some sporting declarations. Head coach Matthew Mott has called for an additional match day for the women’s events.
“The five days for me [is ideal]… the last couple of Tests we’ve lost a full day of cricket so essentially you’re playing a 3-day game on a surface that doesn’t have any wear and tear. It is difficult. If this game had gone another day, I think we would’ve seen a very good Test match,” Mott said
Australia started the day under the bomb. Nearly avoiding the continuation, before declaring 136 runs behind India‘s first-inning score of 377/8. Perhaps the decision came from the fact that there was very little time left to force something out of the four-day game. Which also missed significant rainy seasons. Mott suspected that bad weather at this time of year. In Queensland was inevitable and a little more time in the game would have benefited everyone.
“I do think inevitably at this time of the years in Queensland there’s a big chance of losing some time to rain. In women’s cricket, we probably don’t get enough wear and tear on the wicket as our male counterparts. So it’s a bit of a different game from that perspective, the spinners can’t get as much into the footmarks. A little bit more time in the game would certainly help everyone. And I think if we’re going to devote that time to it. I don’t think it is a lot to ask for one extra day,” Mott said.
Coach Matthew thought it could even be reduced to two. So that teams would take a greater risk for a favorable result and not let the chances of giving up. Four points to the opposition weigh on the teams.
The multi-format point system introduced at Women’s Ashes 2013 gave teams six points for a win and two for a draw. That changed in 2015, with teams taking 4 for a win to minimize the impact of single test results on the remainder of the series.
“We’ve debated this over the last few Tests, and I do think once it was six points, now it is four. Maybe we should take it back to 2 so that teams are willing to roll the dice a little bit more. It’s only human. It’s the context of the series. We would have loved to have taken the game on and done it, but it is a chance to give up 4 points to India as well so maybe that’s something we can look at,” Mott said.
Test cricket for women’s teams around the world was few and far between. So Mott wasn’t sure how to judge his players based on a single result. Especially when most of those female players‘ cricket games are in cue ball format. Australia had the green at launch but initially went awry to allow India. To take notice of the game and was behind all eight the entire time.
“I like to think that we’ll get better every time we play. It is difficult to perform. Normally we would have a practice match beforehand. To be honest, I would like to see us play five-day Tests and play a similar sort of format to what we’ve had,” he added.
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