Bored Brunt wants to fix women’s cricket

Katherine Brunt has called for a reform of Test cricket for women to improve the match and spectacle ahead of the Ashes’ only red ball match for women.

Brunt said the current game is boring everyone – except Australian batter Elysse Perry.

Heather Knight’s side will take on Australia in Canberra in a bid to become the first English team to win a test match Down Under this winter, after their male counterparts crashed out after a 4-0 series defeat.

England go into the Test match 4-2 in the multi-format series after Australia took a nine-wicket victory in the opening match and the runs were shared between the two subsequent washed-out T20s.

Brunt is England’s most experienced player, making her debut in 2004. Now, aged 36, she continues to lead England’s bowling attack and urged cricket lawmakers to make changes to the women’s game.

“I love it (Test cricket), I wish they would tinker with it,” said Brunt during a break in preparations for Canberra.

“I’m absolutely sick of not developing cricket the way it should as a sport.

“We need to continue to make things more exciting and challenging. The totals have been up and down and the wickets have been up and down.

Brunt, who played for Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Stars in WBBL, added: “We shouldn’t be playing at the same height as men, that shouldn’t happen. We shouldn’t be playing from 22 yards, that’s wrong.

“Two: we shouldn’t be bowling in Test matches with Kookaburra balls, that’s wrong. The fact that none of us have ever bowled a Dukes ball is wrong.”

Dukes are handmade cricket balls used by the men’s team for home test matches. The company, which makes men’s and children’s sizes but not the women’s ball, has been approached for comment by the PA news agency.

Brunt said: “If you want us to play in four days, give us a better pitch to bowl on and give us a Dukes ball to make it happen, otherwise don’t put it on TV because frankly I’m bored even so I don’t know how anyone else can watch it.”

There have been nine Test matches for women in the last 10 years and the last four have all ended in a draw, while England have not won a Test since their last win over Australia, in the 2013-14 Ashes.

Ellyse Perry has also been a problem for England and remains the prized wicket for the visiting bowling attack, especially in the game’s longest format where she has an unbelievable test average of 86.62.

The Australian all-rounder has only been sacked eight times in 15 innings in Test matches, and Brunt admits England will have to be ruthless.

“Well, her biggest thing and our biggest problem is that she doesn’t get bored. Which is really unreal because everyone is bored. But she just doesn’t get bored blocking every ball,” Brunt said.

“She melts a bowler slowly because she just blocks, blocks, blocks, waits until you’re tired and then let’s say you bowl a semi-bad ball in 10 overs… she’s literally just concerned about that ball — and that is it.

“So I think by being ruthless, not giving her anything, creating as many chances as possible, I think we’re going to mix up this test match in a planned way.”


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