The International Women's Cricket Council was formed in 1958 to coordinate women's cricket which was now being played regularly in Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, the West Indies, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Test cricket has now been played by Australia, England, India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
In a remarkable match Australia were bowled out for 38 but gained a first innings lead of three in dismissing England for 35 in reply, with Wilson taking seven for seven.
35 remains the lowest total ever recorded in a women's Test.
"As an exercise, cricket is probably not so severe as lawn tennis, and it is certainly not so dangerous as hunting or skating; and if, therefore, the outcome of the present movement is to induce ladies more generally to play cricket, we shall consider that a good result has been attained." The Women's Cricket Association was founded in 1926.
The current competition is run by the Women's National Cricket League.Originally, cricket deliveries were bowled underarm. Legend has it that the roundarm bowling action was pioneered in the early 19th century by Christina Willes, sister of John Willes, to avoid becoming ensnared in her skirts.In fact, roundarm was devised by Tom Walker in the 1790s.The first county match was held in 1811 between Surrey and Hampshire at Ball's Pond in Middlesex.Two noblemen underwrote the game with 1,000 guineas and its participants ranged in age from 14 to 60.England have played 87 Test matches since their first in 1934, winning 19, losing 11 and drawing 57.