New Zealand want Test off WBBL success

Sophie Devine's scintillating short game form has got the Kiwi primed to play a Test match.
Sophie Devine's scintillating short game form has got the Kiwi primed to play a Test match.

WBBL player of the tournament Sophie Devine has urged administrators to finally give her New Zealand team a Test against Australia, with their stocks rising in the competition.

Devine will headline a list of five White Ferns featuring in this weekend's finals, with her Adelaide captain Suzie Bates and Melbourne Renegades quick Lea Tahuhu.

Hosts Brisbane also have leg-spinning sensation Amelia Kerr and batter Maddy Green, while unavailable Renegade Amy Satterthwaite was also player of the tournament two years ago.

Devine has hit a record 27 sixes in this year's tournament and is averaging 77.76 with the bat and 20.25 with the ball.

Yet she has not played a Test in her 13-year international career.

New Zealand's last Test was played in 2004, while they haven't met Australia in a trans-Tasman Test since way back in 1996.

Australia now only play Tests against England as part of the multi-formatted Ashes, but Devine urged administrators to act on the game's growing profile.

"We have always said throughout that all players want to play a Test match," Devine told AAP.

"Especially with the pink-ball Tests going on at the moment ... we would certainly just love to play just one game and test yourself out.

"Because as the Aussie and English have spoken about from the female side, it's a true test of skill in the purest form."

Australia's day-night Test against England two years ago was judged a success, after 12,600 fans attended the four-day event and players pushed for more opportunities.

However then Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland claimed shortly after the match public interest meant he couldn't see an increase in Tests played, with crowds growing for T20 fixtures.

"Obviously T20 seems to be seen as the way forward for the women's game but we'll continue to push (for Tests)," Devine said.

"We understand it can be an expensive price tag for boards to stump up. But we would give up a couple of T20s or one-dayers to play a Test.

"I would love to see that (Ashes multi-format) brought in around the world with all bilateral series. I just think that should be the way forward."

Meanwhile Devine believes the performances of the New Zealanders in the WBBL could give them a distinct advantage for February's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

"To play in these conditions against the best in the world at the moment in the Aussie girls is going to hold us in good stead," she said.

"But we need to make sure we take that back home to New Zealand and come up with our own style."

Australian Associated Press