Thursday, 21 March 2013

Women's Ashes - One Series or Three?

Traditionally, cricket series do not span formats; and to fans, The Ashes has always meant test matches.

But with only one test being played in this summer's Women's Ashes, this is arguably a bit of a nonsense; so the possibility has been raised of defining the series across all three formats.

The obvious question then is whether the test should be 'weighted'. Common sense would suggest that a four-day test shouldn't count the same as a three-hour T20; but on the other hand, weighting the longer matches too heavily could mean that the series is all over well before the T20s begin.

Sources close to the ECB are telling me that there are still working out the details on this one, and nothing is yet set in stone.

I think my preference would be to weight the ODIs and T20s equally, but allocate two "points" for the test.

Thoughts? Share them in the comments!

3 comments:

  1. Sarah's interview on TMS seemed to suggest this will happen. Sort of makes sense as a one-off Test is no measure of which is the better side (PLEASE can we have a 3 match series in future?). For now I'd say 1 point for T20, 2 for ODI and 3 for Test.

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  2. I have to agree with Martin. ODIs are a far greater test (sorry) of the side's qualities than the bash of a T20. I would weight things even more against the shortest format. How about Test 6, ODI 3, T20 1?

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  3. I have to agree with Martin. ODIs are a far greater test (sorry) of the side's qualities than the bash of a T20. I would weight things even more against the shortest format. How about Test 6, ODI 3, T20 1?
    Don Miles

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