India women vs Australia LIVE, One-off Test Day 1: INDW vs AUSW at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
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FirstCricket Staff December 21, 2023 09:14:08 IST
India women vs Australia women LIVE: INDW host AUSW in a one-off Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Sportzpics
India women vs Australia women Test Day 1 LIVE: Australia have won the toss against India and will bat first at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Darcie Brown is unavailable for Australia, informs newly appointed skipper Alyssa Healy. Only one change for India fromt he win against England, with Richa Ghosh replacing the injured Shubha Satheesh.
Preview: After beating England, India women’s cricket team will be eager to tick another task in their bucket list heading into the one-off Test against a formidable Australian team, a maiden win in the traditional format.
India have never beaten Australia in any of their 10 Tests spanning over 46 years — home or away — as the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side would know that there could be no better opportunity than now with the pitch favourable to spinners.
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India’s bowling attack, especially offie Deepti Sharma, was ruthless against England as the team clinched a staggering 347-run win at the DY Patil Stadium last week, biggest in terms of runs in women’s Test history, and they would like to reproduce such an outcome against the Aussies too.
In the bowling department, Renuka Singh Thakur is building a reputation of making early inroads with the new ball since her return from injury and fellow-pacer Pooja Vastrakar also warmed-up with a three-wicket burst against England.
India’s batting also looks to be in safe hands with Harmanpreet Kaur (49 and 44 not out), Jemimah Rodrigues (68) and Yastika Bhatia (66) making good impact against England.
However, India would want opener Smriti Mandhana to join the party with a big knock here at the Wankhede Stadium against the Aussies.
Incidentally, it was here at the Wankhede that India and Australia had played their last women’s Test on these shores in February 1984.
The last Test between India and Australia was played two years ago at Carrara, in which Smriti Mandhana’s first-innings 127 helped Women in Blue to secure a draw.
India: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Shubha Satheesh, Harleen Deol, Saika Ishaque, Renuka Singh Thakur, Titas Sadhu, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar
Australia: Darcie Brown, Lauren Cheatle, Heather Graham, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Alyssa Healy (C & WK), Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney (wk), Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham.