Gold Coast. A confident Indian women’s cricket team (IND W vs AUS W) after their victory in the third and final ODI against Australia, are now maintaining the same momentum in their first Day-Night Test against the hosts starting on Thursday. would like to keep The third ODI was played on Sunday and Monday was the day of rest, so Mithali Raj’s team got only 2 sessions to prepare for this test. India had to face defeat 1-2 in the ODI series.
The Indian team is playing with the pink ball for the first time, so the players have no idea what the effect of the bright pink ball will be. Australia played the only day-night Test in November 2017. He too could not get much practice but his fast bowlers can wreak havoc on the green pitch of the Metricon Stadium.
Playing the first Test after 7 years, India had stopped England on a draw in June. Players and experts, however, believe that the pink ball challenge will be very difficult. India and Australia last played Test in 2006. Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami are the only players in both the teams who have played Tests. Australia, on the other hand, suffered a setback before the match as their vice-captain Rachael Hans was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Captain Meg Lanning said that the team will replace the fast bowling hero or specialist batsman in his place. Annabel Sutherland, who has performed well in ODIs, can get a chance.
Harmanpreet out due to injury
Harmanpreet Kaur will not be able to be a part of this test match. Mithali Raj has confirmed that Harmanpreet’s thumb injury has not healed completely. Harmanpreet, however, did net practice. Pacer Meghna Singh, who made an effective debut in the ODI series, batsman Yastika Bhatia may get a chance to make her Test debut. Experienced Jhulan, Meghna and Pooja Vastrakar will spearhead the pace attack while the spin bowling will be handled by Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma. Wicketkeeper Tania Bhatia’s return is certain, while Poonam Raut, who was out of the ODI series, can also play.
‘Agni-test of the Indian team’
Shantha Rangaswamy, former India captain and member of BCCI’s Apex Council, said, ‘I will call it the litmus test of the Indian team. Players have played less with the red ball in the last 3-4 years. The day-night test is completely different and the challenge is quite tough. Australia has more experience in Test cricket but their players have not played many matches in the recent past. India has shown in the ODI series that Australia can be defeated.