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Citing
the
example
of
a
possible
interesting
game
between
India
and
Australia
had
it
been
a
five-day
affair,
Australia
coach
Matthew
Mott
and
England
captain
Heather
Knight
suggested
the
time
is
ripe
for
making
the
chance.

The
Day/Night
Test
between
India
and
Australia
was
played
in
Gold
Coast
with
the
rain
playing
a
spoilsport
and
washing
out
nearly
100
overs
of
play.
Had
it
not
been
the
case,
the
game
would
have
certainly
seen
a
result.

“It’s
the
five
days
for
me,”
said
Mott
after
the
drawn
Test.
The
Aussie
coach
also
spoke
about
the
need
for
five
day
Tests
after
the
2019
women’s
Ashes
Test.

“The
last
couple
of
Tests
we’ve
lost
a
full
day,
so
you
are
essentially
playing
a
three-day
game
on
a
surface
that
doesn’t
have
any
wear
and
tear
so
it
is
difficult.

“Had
this
game
gone
another
day,
I
think
we’d
have
seen
a
very
good
Test.
A
little
more
time
in
the
game
would
certainly
help
everyone.
If
you
are
going
to
devote
that
time,
I
don’t
think
it’s
a
lot
to
ask
for
one
extra
day.”

India,
who
played
their
first
long-format
game
against
Australia
in
15
years,
had
also
drawn
their
last
Test
against
England
in
June.
That
was
their
first
red-ball
game
in
seven
years.

As
per
the
current
rules,
100
overs
can
be
bowled
in
a
day
over
four
days,
10
more
than
the
men’s
Test.
“The
four-day
format
is
fine
for
now.
We
played
three-day
games
back
in
the
day.
As
it
is,
there
are
only
three
countries
(India,
Australia,
England)
that
are
playing
Tests
in
women’s
cricket
at
the
moment
and
India
just
started
playing
again.

However,
former
India
women’s
captain
Diana
Edulji
has
backed
the
four-day
format
as
there’s
a
difference
of
just
50
odd
overs
between
a
five-day
Test
and
a
four-day
Test.
“If
it
wasn’t
for
the
rain
in
Gold
Coast,
there
would
have
been
a
result
in
this
game
also.
Anyway,
you
are
allowed
100
overs
in
a
day
which
makes
400
overs
for
the
game,
only
50
less
than
the
men’s
game,”
Edulji
told
PTI.

Edulji
opined
the
focus
instead
should
be
on
making
a
one-off
Test
part
of
the
full-fledged
series
and
restart
red-ball
cricket
on
the
domestic
circuit.
Another
former
India
captain,
Shantha
Rangaswamy,
echoed
Edulji’s
views.

“Results
should
come
in
four
days
only.
It
is
more
than
enough.
There
was
too
much
time
lost
to
the
weather
in
this
game.

“Instead,
the
focus
should
be
on
more
countries
playing
the
longer
format.
BCCI
and
Jay
Shah
must
be
congratulated
here
for
resuming
Tests
for
women
and
it
is
likely
to
be
a
regular
feature
in
our
series
with
England
and
Australia
going
forward,”
said
Shantha,
who
is
also
a
member
of
BCCI
Apex
Council
and
former
chief
selector.

“Whenever
a
Test
happens
in
India,
I
would
want
it
to
be
in
a
smaller
centre
which
can
draw
more
crowd.
Also,
it
would
be
ideal
if
red-ball
cricket
is
restarted
for
the
players
to
get
used
to
the
multi-day
format,”
she
added.

(With
PTI
inputs)

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