Reports from India suggest that the BCCI are still hoping that their tour to Australia next January / February might include a one-off Test match, which would be the first time the sides have met in the format since 2006.
India’s motives are clear enough – with Tests counting towards the new ICC Team Rankings, and with the longest form of the game being perhaps their strongest suit, it looks like India’s best opportunity to gain ranking points on what will undoubtedly be a very tough tour for them.
However, the timetable for a Test is looking rather tight. India are scheduled to play 3 T20s and 3 ODIs, the last of which takes place in Hobart on February 7th. There are then less than two weeks before Australia’s first ‘Rose Bowl’ match in New Zealand on February 20th.
Coupled with Australia’s long-term reluctance to play Tests, mainly for commercial reasons, it therefore looks like a long shot; but the fact that it is even being discussed and backed by the BCCI – the world’s most powerful governing body – has to be considered good news for the future of women’s Test cricket.