Australia Women’s Team to Play Historic Four-Day Test Match Against South Africa
West Indies will also attend when the women’s squad takes against South Africa for the first time in a four-day Test match.
The Australia women’s team will play South Africa for the first match in the format as part of their multi-format series early in 2024, bringing test cricket back to the WACA in Perth.
Nine months after the Ashes match in June and one on the multi-format tour of India scheduled for December and January, it will be one of three Test matches Australia will play. However, the match versus South Africa will last four days instead of the five-day Ashes Test.
The home schedule for the 2023–24 season was released by Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday. The men’s team from Pakistan will play three Test matches there, including the customary matches in Melbourne and Sydney. West Indies men’s and women’s teams will also play.
Due to a glitch in the following FTP, the West Indies men visit in consecutive seasons. Their Test matches are being played in Adelaide, which will resume being a day game for one season, and Brisbane, which will host a day-night tournament.
Test Cricket Delays: Australia’s Men’s Team Returns in December for Packed Summer
Due to the 2023 ODI World Cup and a five-match T20I series added on after that, the men’s Test summer will go well into January of the following season, delaying Australia’s return until early December. The T20 and Test teams, though, will look quite different.
Beginning on December 14, they play Pakistan in Perth for the first Test, followed by matches on Boxing Day in Melbourne and New Year’s Day at the SCG.
Before a day-night Test at the Gabba begins on January 25, Adelaide will host a red-ball Test against the West Indies starting on January 17. All tests will thus fall during the break.
Before reporting to camp for three ODIs and three T20s against the West Indies between February 2 and 13, white-ball players will be eligible for the entire men’s BBL.
However, the National Rugby League (NRL), which has Australia’s women taking on West Indies in a T20I at North Sydney Oval on October 1, runs the risk of entirely overshadowing the start of the international season.
The NRL grand final lead-up games will no longer be shown after that game, forcing spectators to select which event to skip and fans to decide which event to attend.
To maximise their chances of profiting from Channel Seven’s promotion of the match during the AFL grand final the day before, CA believes that a Sunday start in Sydney is the best course of action given the crowded schedule.
Additionally, they are adamant that the cricket season should begin on October 1, that scheduling conflicts with other sports are unavoidable, and that their world-champion women’s team can prevail.
However, some people secretly worry about the enormous difficulties the sport will have in advertising the T20 event in Sydney, with a second game to be played the day after the championship game.
Exciting Series Ahead: Australia Women to Host South Africa in Multi-Format Encounter
Alyssa Healy, the vice-captain of Australia, expressed optimism that the circumstances wouldn’t affect attendance while also conceding that there could be some difficulties in attracting spectators.
Healy told AAP it “could be [a problem]; we might get washed out a little bit in that.” “Having said that, the cricket summer has officially begun. Let’s hope that’s discussed that week.
“Yes, the AFL and NRL will dominate the headlines, but they already do. If the NRL differs from your thing, see some top athletes compete in North Sydney. We don’t have to compete with the NRL championship game; we can find a way around it.
The scheduling of women’s fixtures has also drawn criticism in the past.
Players were upset when they were shifted to play on January 26 last summer, and Ashleigh Gardner, an indigenous woman, publicly protested the choice.
The Sydney Smash in the BBL collided with another game in the same series against Pakistan at North Sydney Oval.
However, there is some positive news for female athletes in the next matches. They host a multi-format series against South Africa in January and February after playing three T20Is and three ODIs against West Indies early in the summer.
After the day-night ODI at Adelaide Oval on February 3, cricket fans will eagerly await the Test match on the fast WACA track starting on February 15. Both venues are iconic and boast a rich history in their own right. Adelaide Oval is known for being picturesque and a batting paradise, whereas WACA is known for its fast track that assists the fast bowlers. The Test match at WACA is expected to be a thrilling encounter between bat and ball, and cricket fans are excited to see how the players perform in such challenging conditions.
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