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Sport Fresh pitches to be used for Aussie women

04:15  18 june  2021
04:15  18 june  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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We know that England Women deserve a fresh wicket and we are sorry that we were unable to provide that in this instance,” an ECB spokesperson said in an official statement. “With the Test only being added to the calendar in mid-April, coupled with the lack of available first-class grounds, we knew a Knight revealed that the pitch that will be used for the Test was previously used for Gloucestershire’s T20 Blast fixture against Sussex last Friday. “We’d much prefer to be on a fresh one but it is what it is . We found out last week, which obviously we tried to get changed, but it was a little bit too late for that

Australia's women will avoid the worn wicket debacle that has clouded England's Test against India, with officials confirming fresh pitches will be provided this summer.

a screenshot of a video game: CA says fresh pitches will be used for the women's Test matches against India and England. © Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS CA says fresh pitches will be used for the women's Test matches against India and England.

The use of an old pitch at Bristol for England's rare women's Test against India has drawn global criticism after it was used for a men's domestic T20 match last week.

It comes after the last women's Ashes Test in England was also played on a worn wicket that had initially been rolled out for a men's match during the 2019 World Cup.

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We know that England Women deserve a fresh wicket and we are sorry that we were unable to provide that in this instance, " said the ECB. On Friday, Sussex beat Gloucestershire by five wickets in a T20 Blast game that went on for 37.2 overs on the Bristol pitch where the women 's Test will be played. We accept that this issue shouldn't have arisen and we will make sure it doesn't happen in the future, " added the ECB. England women 's team captain Heather Knight said it wasn't ideal to play on a used wicket. "I guess it is obviously not ideal. We would much prefer to be on a fresh one but it is what it is .

That wicket became particularly sluggish and made scoring difficult as the four-day game ended in a draw.

Notably, the point has been made that a used pitch would never be rolled out for a men's Test match.

But Cricket Australia officials confirmed to AAP on Friday that fresh pitches would be used for Tests against India in Perth and England in Canberra this summer.

"It's standard practice in Australia to ensure fresh pitches are available for all men's and women's Test matches and this season will be no different," head of operations Peter Roach said.


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"The WACA Ground and Manuka Oval are terrific venues for Test cricket and with first-class ground staff, we're extremely confident that the facilities for the two women's Tests will be of the highest standard.

"The Tests, to be played against two of Australia's greatest rivals, form part of two series that promise plenty of highlights for fans across the summer."

Slow wickets were labelled the biggest factor behind 64 per cent of all women's Tests ending in draws by Ellyse Perry earlier this year, and a bigger issue than the shorter match time.

"What's important is the venue, and where we play those matches if we want to get results out of the game," Perry said in May.

"Obviously on benign pitches, it becomes even harder across four days rather than five.

"When you've got wickets promoting a fair contest between bat and ball I don't see why four days isn't long enough (to get a result)."

Meanwhile CA are still working with India to confirm whether the Test, three ODIs and three T20s will be played as one multi-format series similar to the Ashes.

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