AUSTRALIAN SUMMER TO KICK-START WITH AUSW-INDW SERIES.

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Cricket’s most awaited series is set to commence in less than a day’s time as Australia-India series is all set to get underway at Mackay. Indian women’s team will be back in action after a couple of months break, India last played England in July and the series turned out to be a big disappointment, Australia last played New Zealand early this year in April and will be back after a long gap.

Australia-India series will be points-based with an overall victor at the end of the tour. The team with most points will win a brand new ‘India/Australia Women’s series trophy’. Six white-ball games on schedule that will see 2 points per win and the one-off Test will see four points for a win, a draw/tie will see two points.

3 ODI’s to get the series underway at Mackay followed by a one-off pink-ball test at Carrara Oval and the series will see curtains with 3 T20I’s in Carrara Oval. This will be Indian women’s first pink-ball test match and it’s a away test on Australian soil, will be a historic day on the 30th of September. Australia have played a pink-ball test match it was against England in 2017 that saw a draw.

India’s squad for one-off test and ODI :
Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur (VC), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Taniya Bhatia (WK), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Ekta Bisht

India’s squad for T20I’s :
Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh (WK), Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh Thakur.

It’s a good strong Indian squad led by Mithali Raj in the day-night test match and ODI’s, while Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the squad in T20I’s. Indrani Roy received her maiden call to join the national camp for the England series and is now dropped from the squad, as always there’s no reasoning. Niranjana Nagarajan was the leading wicket taker in the domestic season but didn’t find a spot in the squad. Meghna Singh and Renuka Singh Thakur have received their maiden calls both are pacers who can contribute a bit with the bat.

Australia’s squad for India series : Meg Lanning (C), Rachael Haynes (VC), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.

Australia will miss a few experienced star players in Megan Schutt and Belinda Vakarewa who are missing the series due to personal reasons and also Jess Jonassen who’ll miss the series due to a leg injury. Australia give maiden calls to Stella Campbell who’s a fast bowler and Georgia Redmayne who’s a top order wicket-keeper-batter to join the national camp for the India series.

A couple of days back Australia-India played a 50 over warm-up game where India failed to perform with the bat and Australia bagged a 36 run win. Opener Rachael Haynes, skipper Meg Lanning and middle order batter Beth Mooney were impressive scoring 65, 59 and 59 respectively, small contributions from Gardner and McGrath before the tail ensured Australia post a good total and finsihed on a high with a total of 278. India with ball saw Jhulan Goswami’s impressive outing as she picked up 2 wickets, Meghna Singh and Pooja Vastrakar bowled well but weren’t rewarded with a wicket, spinners Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht and Sneh Rana shared 5 wickets between them.

Australia hand India a 36 run defeat in pre series 50 over warm-up game.

India in reply didn’t look promising with the bat, all-rounders Pooja Vastrakar and Deepti Sharma were highest run scorers for India scoring 57 and 49 respectively. Yastika Bhatia played excellent for her 41, was a quick innings and looked impressive. Shafali at the top and tailenders made small contributions but at the end wasn’t enough as India fell 36 short of the required, Harmanpreet and Puman didn’t feature in the practise game. For Australia, with the ball; Ellyse Perry picked up two early wickets, big ones of Smriti and Mithali, Stella Campbell with 3 wickets had an impactful outing, Annabel Sutherland bagged a wicket and spinner Sophie Molineux too had a wicket to her name.

India did struggle with the bat in England and with the ball lacked ideas, the warm-up game did indicate the same, change in intent wasn’t seen from India and hopefully they’ll come well prepared on the match day. Australia did look good as always and will look to bag the series, won’t be an easy one but they are favourites starting the series.

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