Heather Knight hailed a ‘brilliant’ publicity for the women’s cricket test after India’s formidable partnership at the ninth wicket thwarted England’s chances of winning the stand-alone test match in Bristol.
Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia’s 104-race pit secured the visitors’ draw and ended England’s hopes of a first Home Test victory since 2005.
The players shook hands in the draw with 12 overs remaining on the day, with India 344 for eight in their second inning and leading by 179 points.
Both teams took two points each from the game, with two points available from each of the one-day internationals and subsequent T20 matches.
Over the course of the four days, which many argued was not enough once the delay in the rain impacted the third day, it raised the question of why there are so few matches of red ball in women.
“I think it was brilliant publicity,” Knight said after the match was concluded.
“It’s almost a shame that (day four) fizzled out, it was predicted to be very good and very exciting, but I think it was brilliant publicity.
“We have shown great skills, very exciting youngsters come from both sides and play exceptionally, Sophie Ecclestone, Shafali Verma and Sophia Dunkley on their debuts.
“It’s really exciting to see that and I think it’s a great advertisement that shows the women’s cricket test has its place in the game.”
This summer is the busiest in women’s cricket. The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy has been in the spotlight so far this summer, with a national T20 competition also due to start and The Hundred later in the summer.
England will also have the rest of their streak against India and a white ball streak against New Zealand later in the summer, with Knight stressing the importance of shorter matches ahead of the World Cup of the Year. next.
“I think we have a very important ODI and T20 series. With the schedule that we have coming up next year, it becomes really important to us. Especially those 50 and over to get a place for this World Cup.
“I would still love to play trial cricket more, I think everyone knows that, but this is the program we have and we will prepare well for this ODI series.”