England to play 'one-off Test' against India this year - BCCI

By Amy LofthouseBBC Sport
India celebrate beating England in 2014
India beat England at Wormsley by six wickets in the most recent Test between the sides

England will play India in a one-off Test this year, says the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

India have not played a Test since they beat South Africa by an innings and 34 runs in November 2014.

England play a Test every two years as part of the multi-format Women's Ashes series against Australia, but have not faced India since 2014.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said it is "finalising the schedule" for the home summer.

"An announcement on all fixtures will be made in due course," a statement read.

England won the one-day and Twenty20 series on the tour of New Zealand which finished on Sunday.

England and Australia are the only women's sides to have played a Test since August 2015, with most international series consisting solely of limited-overs matches.

One of the main issues with women's Tests has been the pitches, which have often been flat and not conducive to exciting cricket.

However, many players have spoken about their desire to play the longer format, with Australia pace bowler Megan Schutt calling for women's Tests to become more widespread.external-link

England beat Australia in 2014 at the Waca in Perth on a pitch that offered pace and bounce.

They lost their Ashes Test against Australia at Canterbury the following year. The two most recent meetings, in 2017 and 2019, were drawn.

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