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Taylor wants Women's Tests respected

Claire Taylor on the Lord's Podcast with Will Roe
Claire Taylor on the Lord's Podcast with Will Roe

Former England Women batter Claire Taylor has called for Test cricket to remain part of the Women's Ashes series in an appearance on the latest Lord's Podcast.

"I think the underlying issue is that there is only one Test match," Taylor said while co-hosting the August edition.

We have to have keep Test cricket played at the international level

"I've played in a number of one-Test series' over the past few years. That's really difficult. The Ashes could disappear on the result of one Test match, and we all know a Test can change over one session."

The Women's Ashes series, which gets underway on 11 August at Wormsley, will be decided in a new multi-format series played across all three formats of the game.

England, captained by Charlotte Edwards, will be looking to regain the Urn after losing it in a one-off Test Down Under eighteen months ago.

A single Test match at Wormsley, followed by three ODIs and three twenty20 matches will comprise the series on a points based system.

The Test match will be worth six points while the ODIs and Twenty20 matches will be worth two points each.

Taylor continued: "There's two choices here. I think we have to have keep Test cricket played at the international level. We either need to play more Tests to make the decision about the Ashes viable, just on Test cricket. You have to play two or three Tests each series at least.

"Or, you go the other way, which is what's happened here, and you say that the Ashes are decided across the whole of the competition, the Test match the Twenty20s and the one-day matches."

The August Lord's Podcast is available to listen to and download via Soundcloud, iTunes, Audioboo and this website.

The first ODI between England and Australia will take place at Lord's on 20 August and the whole match will be televised online on the ECB YouTube channel.

Tickets for that game are still available and can be bought on the Lord's Ticket website.

Taylor, holder of the record for the highest ever ODI score at Lord's discussed many other matters on the August edition of the Lord's Podcast.

She remembered that record breaking knock, discussed Lord's Honours Board Legend Glenn McGrath and looked at how the issue of DRS is having an impact on the game as a whole.

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