England v India one-off women’s test at Bristol: Preview
While the Indian men are getting ready to play one of the most important tests of their career – the WTC final, the women’s team is also getting ready to play their first test after 7 years.
Indian women are to face England in the one-off test at Bristol from 16 to 19 June. Indian women are to face England in the one-off test at Bristol from 16 to 19 June.
England v India one-off women’s test at Bristol: Preview. Both teams have played 13 tests head to head with Indian winning in 2 and England winning in 1 test. The rest 10 tests have been drawn.
This will be India’s 37th test. In the past 36 tests, India has won 5 and lost 6 whereas England has won 20 and lost 14 of their 95 tests.
There would be around 8 debutants for India in this test as the last time the women’ team had played a test was in 2014 in England . The batting looks solid, and the explosive 17-year-old Shafali Verma is widely expected to make her test debut. The top 5 looks to have a strong core with Mandhana, Shafali, Punam Raut, Mithali, Harmanpreet & Deepti Sharma.
The bowling should thrive in English conditions with the seasoned 38-year-old Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey to open the pace attack.
The two most key players in this Indian team are the two most experienced ones. The 38 year old skipper Mithali Raj averages 51 in test cricket & has a test double hundred vs England. While Jhulan who has 40 wickets in 10 tests have also done well against England in the past. Moreover, lots will depend on opener Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma.
Team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur in the latest pre-match press conference has admitted lack of test match experience as well as no red ball games played by the team but said that they have practised hard and took part in the match simulations to prepare themselves well . She also added that their batters had informal discussions with the men’s team vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. Who advised them on how to play the swing in England. Kaur also added that Kukaboora balls will be use for this series. They have found very little difference between the red Kukaboora ball. The white balls at practice as the Kukaboora ball did not swing that prodigiously.
England is playing this series with Kukaboora balls as a part of their preparation for the Ashes. As in Australia Kukaboora balls are use in test cricket.
England has a pretty decent side. Their captain Heather Knight averages 32 in test cricket with decent batters around like Beaumont and Winfried-Hill.
Katherine Brunt will lead their fast bowling attack. Her test experience is equivalent to Jhulan Goswami. In 12 tests Brunt has taken 41 wickets.
The test will be play at Bristol and there are some rain forecasts deep into the test match.
The Test match will be telecast live on the Sony network and will start at 3:30 PM IST.
Probable playing XI
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Pooja Vastrakar, Ekta Bisht
England: Lauren Winfield-Hill, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Georgia Elwiss, Natalie Sciver (vc), Mady Villiers, Amy Jones (wk), Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross