- Captain Knight: ‘We tried to get it changed but too late’
- ECB: ‘We accept this issue shouldn’t have arisen’
England Women have been rebuffed in their request to play on a fresh wicket in their Test match against India on Wednesday and will instead have to compete on a pitch used for a men’s game last week, a situation labelled “not ideal” by the captain, Heather Knight.
England’s first Test against India for seven years will take place at Bristol on a pitch first used for Gloucestershire’s T20 Blast match against Sussex last Friday. It will also be the second consecutive home women’s Test allocated a used wicket, after England’s Ashes encounter at Taunton in 2019.