Indian Women’s Cricket Team begin their preparations for Australia tour in Bangalore

After being defeated by the English players in the July tour, the Indian Women’s squad is now once again getting assembled for the upcoming Australian tour scheduled to take place in September and October.

 

India snatch a victory against England in 2nd T20I at Hove
India snatch a victory against England in 2nd T20I at Hove

 

The tour will comprise 3 ODIs and a day and night Test match that will be played at the Western Australia Cricket Association Ground in Perth. Further, both the teams will engage in 3 T20Is in October.

Although the final squad for the tour is yet to be announced, 30 cricketers have been asked to reach Bengaluru by Tuesday evening. The players currently playing in the Hundred tournament (Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, and Shafali Verma) have been given an extension of joining latest by August 22 once the tournament ends on August 21. These players will undergo a six-day quarantine before the squad leaves for Australia.

Upon arriving in Australia, the Indian Women’s squad will undergo a 14-day quarantine. They will be under strict quarantine in the first week but will likely be permitted to train for the rest of the seven days. Once quarantine ends, the Indian squad will face off against host Australia in the first ODI in Sydney.

The Australia tour is another important series for India to progress in their preparation for the ODI World Cup scheduled to be held in New Zealand in early 2022. This series will be a challenge for the Indian women as they will be dealing with a pink ball in the Test at Perth because they don’t even play with the red ball in domestic cricket. BCCI’s Apex Council member Shantha Rangaswamy wrote to the office-bearers to organize a pink ball event before the players’ departure for Australia but that did not happen. However, the players are expected to practice with the pink ball during the training camp.

England’s not up to the mark performance showed that improvement is required in all aspects, especially the middle-order batting and pace department. Hopefully, this training camp will prove to benefit the players and fill up the cracks in their performances so that the best players are chosen for the series.

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