Aggression key to Test-starved players

Matthew Mott keeps an eye on his players.
Matthew Mott keeps an eye on his players.

WOMEN'S cricket is unusual in that pretty much the only Tests played are between Australia and England, every two years in the Ashes series.

This means the last time Australia's women donned the baggy green was in England in 2015 when they won the Ashes trophy back from their rivals.

It's for that reason that coach Matthew Mott tries to have his players keep the same approach in Test cricket as they would in a 50-over match in an attempt to eliminate any doubt that could creep in.

"When you cut your teeth on a form of cricket a lot and your thrown into a different format altogether and it comes around once every two years, it certainly creates a bit of how do I play this and what do I need to do," Mott said.

"Where possible we've tried to make as many analogies to one-day format. We try to break it down to a similar sort of logic. Fundamentals don't change too much at all really."

Mott credits this approach during the Test in the last Ashes as a huge factor in leading Australia to victory in the match.

"We did pretty similar to that, particularly with our batting, in the last Test match in Canterbury," he said.

"I thought our approach to batting in Canterbury was really good.

"We played with a pretty aggressive mindset and it allowed us enough time in the game to take those 20 wickets, which England were trying to stave off for a draw in the last innings but we were able to declare and give ourselves enough time to bowl them out.

"With a bit of luck that happens again this game."

The Test match gets underway this afternoon at North Sydney Oval, the same place a JLT Cup match was abandoned last month because the pitch condition was deemed unsafe for batters.

Mott inspected the pitch earlier in the week and convinced there wouldn't be a repeat of the debacle that occurred in the men's game.

"I looked at the wicket there and I certainly can't see anything sinister in it," he said.

"Apparently it was under the covers for a long time. It's a different wicket again.

"One in 20 years it's gone wrong, it's a pretty good record. We're confident it's a good wicket."

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