• Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner at the Women's Ashes Test, the only time they don the whites. (AAP)
Sixty-three per cent of women's cricket Tests have ended in draws and Australia captain Rachael Haynes says it's time to introduce a fifth day.
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AAP
13 Nov - 9:54 AM 

Australia captain Rachael Haynes has called for women's Tests to be extended to five days as players aim to add more long-form cricket into the calendar.

The inaugural pink-ball Test attracted a record Australian crowd of 12,674 across the four days, but was just the ninth women's Test played in the past decade.

And despite the excitement of Ellyse Perry's Australian record score of 213 not out, it ended in an all-too-predictable draw as 21 wickets fell.

Four-day Tests have been the maximum in women's cricket since the 1970s, when they were extended from three days.

With the exception of one Test in 1992 that was scheduled for five days -- although a day's play was rained out as Australia defeated England by an innings and 85 runs.

With no matches actually having gone the distance over the traditional five the men enjoy, it's shown in results too.

The draw marked the 88th in the 139 Test history of women's cricket, equating to 63 per cent ending with no result.

And even with quicker over rates, Haynes says bringing the women into line with men's regulations would go a long way to creating more results.

"I think we would have got a result if there was a fifth day in this Test match," Haynes said.

"Despite the fact that the wicket was flat, my feeling is we would have got a result in this match if there was a fifth day. It would have been nice to extend it."

Players admitted during the match they found it tough adapting to long-form cricket.

No unlimited overs matches are played at women's domestic or even grade level in Australia, meaning the only time the players don the whites is in the biennial Ashes Test.

There are hopes that could at least change in the English county system, while Haynes pushed for the adoption of the multi-formatted Ashes series, which includes a Test, to be used for other women's tours.

"In terms of format of series, this is one of the best series to be part of because it is a test of your skills across all the disciplines," she said.

"From my point of view and I think from the team's point of view, we would love the format of this series to be continued against other nations."

Regardless, England coach Mark Robinson hoped the inaugural women's pink ball Test had helped turn a corner for female cricket globally.

"I was lucky enough with the England team to be in the World Cup final when we sold out Lords and won (in August)," Robinson said.

"That was a landmark day for women's cricket.

"I sat on the edge yesterday having to watch Ellyse Perry relentlessly go on in her quest of excellence and I thought I was in something special again.

"It was a special day to have nearly 4000 there for a pink-ball Test match watching a player go on to be excellent. Hopefully it was another landmark day for women's cricket."