India Women are set to begin their tour to England for a series comprising 1 Test, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20Is. The Indian women's team will be in action playing a Test match after a long break with their last Test played coming against South Africa in 2015, whereas the English women have been practicing the longest format in the domestic circuit in recent times.
This will be the first women’s Test series between the two nations after 7 years, having last played a Test in 2014 in which India came out victorious. The only Test match to be played on this women's tour to England will be played from the 16th of June at The Bristol County Ground lasting for four days.
Will England capitalize on the Indian team being out of the game for so long? Or can the Indian team carry forward their great record in red-ball cricket?
Match Toss Time: 10:30 Local (15:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 11:00 Local (15:30 IST)
Match Venue: The Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Head to Head
Matches Played: 14, ENG W: 1, IND W: 2, Draw: 10, NR: 1
Chances of rain are on the cards for this match, with some showers expected to fall apart from Day 1 predicted to be partly sunny. We might experience several rain delays with the game heading towards a draw. The temperature remains humid, with an average temperature of around 25 degrees Celsius, with winds at 14km/hr.
Pitches at the Bristol County Ground have offered swing and bounce to the bowlers in the past. With the overhead condition being cloudy, the bowlers might be able to generate even more swing. Batting on Day one will be a bit of a tough assignment and while if the game progresses without any delays then batting will get easier, with the spinners will come into play later on.
Sarah Glenn and Freya Davies were released from the 17-member squad ahead of the one-off Test against India. With Heather Knight expected to lead the side, the management will be hoping the player can take advantage of the home conditions.
Lack of game time will be a concern in the Indian camps, as players will look to shake off their rustiness and showcase a good fight against the English women's cricket team. India will be led by the experienced Mithali Raj and is coached by former India spinner Ramesh Powar who is confident the team has what it takes to compete.
Probable Playing XI
England Women (ENG-W): Amy Jones(wk), Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight(c), Georgia Elwiss, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shurbsole, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Natasha Farrant
India Women (IND-W): Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Tanya Bhatia(wk), Jhulan Goswami, Punam Yadav, Ekta Bisht
Natalie Sciver is a fast-bowling all-rounder who possesses the ability to swing the ball and also score some big runs and Mithali Raj is one of the highest run-scorers in the game with a career batting average of 54. Heather Knight and Deepti Sharma are our other must-picks for this one-off clash.
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