Meg Lanning hopes India lead the way for more women’s Tests
Meg Lanning believes that India is the key to more women's Tests. © Getty

Australia captain Meg Lanning has called for more women’s Test matches while putting the onus on the BCCI to lead the way.

Over the past ten years, the Indian women’s team has played just two Test matches – in 2014 – wheres teams such as England and Australia have played seven and six.

Against the backdrop of a crammed schedule comprising mainly women’s ODIs and T20Is, Lanning hoped that India would push for more Tests to make it feasible and boost the game. (READ: Smriti Mandhana, Jhulan Goswami continue to top ICC Women’s ODI Rankings)

“We’d love to play more Test matches,” Lanning told SEN radio’s Whateley program. “Unfortunately it’s only Australia and England that are interested at the moment, and we only play each other every couple of years. Hopefully down the track more countries are interested.

“I think India would be great at playing Test matches – I think they’d be the big fish to get involved because they’ve got such a big influence in cricket. If that was the case, I think that would definitely help that side of the game grow, but unfortunately one game every two years is difficult to prepare for and play well. But we enjoy playing them so hopefully there’s a few more down the track.” (READ: Australia should watch out for Harmanpreet at T20 World Cup: Alyssa Healy)

The challenge, Lanning is fully aware of, is trying to fit in women’s Test matches in a calendar filled with white-ball cricket.

“We’ve got to get the balance right to be ready for that format, because we play so much short-format cricket that it sort of takes us a couple of days to work out what we’re doing in a Test match,” she said. “We obviously want to win that Test match – it’s not the be-all and end-all of the series, but it does play a big part, and putting on that Baggy Green is a very special moment for all our group, and we always look forward to that opportunity.

“So preparing for that is something we’ve looked at, and we have certain days along the way, and weeks, where we have the focus on the longer formats.”