The grim trial of strength that went mainstream: women’s Test cricket

Before the Australian women’s cricket team played their touring England counterparts in Brisbane in December 1934, the following directive appeared in the Courier Mail:

Excerpt Courier Mail 28 Dec 1934
“The word “test” must not be applied to any of these games, for both the Australian council and the English team refuse to associate with the games any suggestion of the grim trial of strength which the term applies.”

 

No one in the press or elsewhere paid any attention to this instruction, and the first women’s Test match concluded at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground on New Year’s Eve 1934, the visiting English winning by nine wickets.

It’s taken 83 years for Australia and England to come together for their 49th women’s Test (plus one washed out), and their four-day meeting at North Sydney Oval beginning on Thursday 9 November 2017 was a special occasion as the first to be played as a day-night fixture. Continue reading “The grim trial of strength that went mainstream: women’s Test cricket”

A bit of light reading about the 1999-2000 England womens tour

England’s women’s cricket team headed to the Antipodes in January 2000 to play one-day internationals in Australia and New Zealand. By the time they were ready to head east across the Tasman, England had lost the ODI series to Australia 0-4 and Karen Smithies had resigned as captain.

Working for Cricinfo at the time I covered every ODI of the Australian leg of the tour, and I believe I have the only comprehensive documentation of these games. Continue reading “A bit of light reading about the 1999-2000 England womens tour”

The birth of a women’s IPL should not be too far away – if the BCCI has enough willpower

My review of the 2017 ICC Womens Cricket World Cup and assessment of the future of the women’s game can be seen on iSportconnect.

The birth of a women’s IPL should not be too far away – if the BCCI has enough willpower

ICC Womens Cricket World Cup Final 2017, England v India

Highlights from the final of the eleventh Womens Cricket World Cup

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BCCI-WCAI merger put on hold

[This article originally appeared on the now defunct website Cricketwoman. – RE]

The merger of the Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI) with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been put on hold, at least for the time being. Continue reading “BCCI-WCAI merger put on hold”

ICC President welcomes integration of women’s cricket

ICC President Ehsan Mani today welcomed the integration of women’s and men’s international cricket under the umbrella of the ICC. Continue reading “ICC President welcomes integration of women’s cricket”

Karen Rolton first centurion in a Women’s World Cup Final

Australian vice-captain Karen Rolton’s unbeaten 107 in Sunday’s Women’s Cricket World Cup Final against India at Centurion was both the highest individual score and the first century scored in such a game. Continue reading “Karen Rolton first centurion in a Women’s World Cup Final”

Australia v India, womens world cup final, match day blogs

Australia 47/2 after 17 overs

Australia has lost its experienced opening pair of Belinda Clark and Lisa Keightley in the opening hour of the 2005 World Cup Final against India. Continue reading “Australia v India, womens world cup final, match day blogs”

New Zealand’s Steele given reprimand

New Zealand’s Rebecca Steele appeared before a disciplinary hearing at the end of her team’s defeat by India in the Semi Final of the WCWC at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom on Thursday 7th April. Continue reading “New Zealand’s Steele given reprimand”

Australia favourites for final

Australia will go into Sunday’s final of the 8th Women’s Cricket World Cup as favourites to win a fifth title. Continue reading “Australia favourites for final”