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COMMONWEALTH BANK WOMEN'S ASHES SERIES

We need more Tests: Elliott

14 January 2014

AAP


AAP


Veteran Southern Star wants schedule changed

Women’s veteran Sarah Elliott wants more Test matches included in future Ashes series, saying one isn't enough to truly test the mettle of arch rivals Australia and England.

Under the current format, the women's Ashes features one Test, three one-dayers and three Twenty20s, with the winner decided by the country that accumulates the most points.

A Test match win is worth six points, while two points are on offer for each one-dayer and T20.

Australia are on the ropes in the current Ashes series after crashing to a 61-run Test defeat to England at the WACA Ground on Monday.

With just 12 more points up for grabs, Australia need to win five of the six matches in the one-day format.

Elliott, who was only selected in the Test squad, says there should be more of an emphasis on the four-day game during an Ashes series.

"Test cricket is what it's really about," she said after scoring 13 and 29 in her two digs against England. "I would love to see a few more Test matches so the two teams can really fight it out.

"Three would be good. That would be fair."

Australia will be aiming to get back onto the winners' list when the Ashes resumes in Sunday's one-day clash at the MCG.

England captain Charlotte Edwards, who injured her knee while fielding on the second day of the Test, is confident she can recover in time to play in the opening one-dayer.

"I've just got to stop diving, I think," she said with a laugh. "I keep jarring my knee. Hopefully after a few days' rest (it will be fine)."

Australia allrounder Ellyse Perry was named player of the Test after she took eight wickets and scored 102 runs.

Edwards said her team would develop some better plans in a bid to curb the influence of the star 23-year-old.