23/04/2024

A historic clash between the Australian and South African women's teams feature in the 2023-24 international schedule. (Image: @AusWomenCricket / Twitter).

It’s been a long time coming, but the WACA ground will be hosting the inaugural Test between the Australian and South African women’s cricket national teams. The historic event will mark the ground’s first women’s cricket Test since 2014.

The highly-anticipated clash between the two teams headlines Cricket Australia’s blockbuster schedule for the 2023-24 season of international cricket.

Over the span of four and a half months, both the Australian men’s and women’s international teams will be involved in a sizzling summer filled with six texts against Pakistan, the West Indies, and South Africa.

The fixture also includes nine ODIs and nine T20s tournaments against South Africa and the West Indies.

In a boost for the women’s game, the reigning ODI and T20 Women’s World Cup champions will also take on South Africa in a multi-format series.

Australian cricketer Alana King spoke to the media following the fixture announcement and shared her excitement over the news of the inaugural Test match.

“Yeah, [I’m] very excited. I think it’s been about ten years since the last time there’s been a women’s Test match over at the WACA,” King said.

“It’s really deserved for WA cricket especially.”

A Victorian turned West Australian, King spoke highly about getting to play at the ground she now calls home.

“I think it’s the pinnacle for every childhood dream. Anyone who plays backyard cricket or front yard cricket, your dream is to put on the baggie green,” she said.

“I was very fortunate to make my debut last Ashes series and am absolutely so excited to be playing a Test match here at the WACA, my home ground.

“I think everyone would love to play more Test cricket and I think every state is trying to get that Test match no matter what series we play and who we’re playing against. So it’s really important and I’m so happy that the WACA has got the Test match against South Africa over here.

“I’m sure that the Perth faithful will come and be supporting the Aussies.”

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When asked about what makes playing at the ground so special, King made reference to the speed of the wicket.

“I think it’s just a beautiful ground to play at. It’s traditionally quite a fast and bouncy wicket. So not so spinner friendly but I’ve made it my own and I love bowling out here. So hopefully we can get a good turnout from the WA representatives,” she said.

“I think it’s going to be a historic moment. We can see that the ground is having it’s redevelopment, so a Test match being played here is ground breaking.

“Hopefully there’s a few more constructions that’s happening around the ground. But I just think it’s gonna be a great event for cricket and even the women’s game.”

The schedule is set to get underway from October 1, where the Australian women will kick off the festivities with a T20 clash against the West Indies at North Sydney Oval.

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