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"The amount of cricket we're playing both domestically and internationally has certainly increased. Once we get away in June with the Ashes, we don't really stop until April next year."

Australia captain Meg Lanning calls for more women's Test matches. While all the recent Tests have been played between Australia and England, Lanning hopes to see other nations showing interest in the multi-day format.

The Women's Ashes takes place once in two years and the multi-format series comprises of just one Test match. The last non-Ashes Test was played in November 2014 between India and South Africa. Lanning feels that India could play a vital role to inspire growth in the longest format.

Lanning, speaking to SEN Radio on Tuesday (April 9), said: "We'd love to play more Test matches. Unfortunately, it's only Australia and England that are interested at the moment, and we only play each other every couple of years. That probably is a bit of a problem. Hopefully down the track more countries are interested.

"I think India would be great at playing Test matches. I think they'd probably 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."

Lanning, who made her international debut in December 2010, has played just three Tests as opposed to 72 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 85 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). While Australia might have played six Tests in the last decade (second-best to England's seven), Lanning feels that it's tough to prepare given that they play so less. And the irregular scheduling doesn't hep their cause either.

"Unfortunately, one game every two years, it's difficult to prepare for and play well. But we enjoy playing them so hopefully there's a few more down the track. It is something we don't do too often, so that presents another challenge to us, just in terms of training and the preparation for that. We've got to get the balance right to be ready for that format, because we play so much short-format cricket that it takes us a couple of days sometimes to work out what we're doing in a Test match.

"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 format because we don't obviously train too much for that given that we don't play."

The Women's Ashes, featuring three ODIs, a lone Test and three T20Is, will commence on July 2 and the Southern Stars are currently enjoying a leave period. However, they have a hectic schedule ahead.

"The amount of cricket we're playing both domestically and internationally has certainly increased. Once we get away in June with the Ashes, we don't really stop until April next year. That's become the new norm, I guess, and being able to deal with that is something we're going to look at. We're really excited about the amount of cricket we've got coming up," Lanning added.

While the Australian skipper has sought support from other countries, the chances of Lanning getting a positive response look bleak. With ICC deciding to leave the onus of playing Test matches to the respective boards on bilateral terms and not pushing for it in more dynamic terms like a Test championship, the BCCI too has shown disinterest; so much so that, multi-day cricket has even been taken off from their domestic calendar.

Saba Karim, the head of BCCI's Cricket Operations had told Cricbuzz last year: "There is no reason as such (to not organise Test matches). The only way we are looking at it is that at ICC, there is no international Test Championship as such. If there is some bilateral agreement then it's fine, but right now it's only England and Australia that are playing Test matches along with the Ashes. We don't have something like that in our system. That is why, right now we are focussing only on one-day and T20."

One of the members of the women's committee at the ICC meet in Kolkata last year, who had looked into the future of the women's game and came to a conclusion that Test cricket isn't the way forward, had told Cricbuzz, "There are no other countries playing Test cricket. It's only Australia and England playing for historical reasons - Ashes. That too, only one Test in two years. They don't play any other bilateral series. No other country plays Test cricket. New Zealand have stopped ten years back. Countries that are playing Test cricket, even their focus is on one-days and T20s.

"Even earlier, a lot of cricketers themselves were not interested in playing the longer version. There are no sponsors neither spectators. Then the questions is - what are you playing for?

"This whole change and focus on T20Is is also because in the first 25-30 years, women's cricket didn't grow with Tests. When T20 came in, there was more interest in it. If there is no one watching or interested in playing Test cricket, who are they playing for?"

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