A beneficial file in England and “positive mindset” regardless of insufficient preparation time will spur the Indian women’s cricket crew when it takes on the seasoned hosts in its first Test engagement in practically seven years right here from Wednesday.
After a number of quarantines in India and UK, the Mithali Raj-led squad acquired little over per week to put together for its first purple ball recreation since November 2014.
Mithali was among the many seven present gamers, who had been part of that victorious eleven against South Africa in Mysuru.
While skilled gamers just like the skipper, her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami haven’t performed purple ball cricket in any respect in current instances, it is going to be an excellent more durable check for the youthful lot who do not get to play first-class matches in home cricket.
Unlike the lads’s squad, which performed intra-squad video games in Southampton forward of the WTC ultimate, the women ready solely within the nets which could damage them within the four-day recreation.
“The players are in good shape and have been training well but there is no substitute to match practice. Whether it is a one day game or a four-day game, you bat or bowl for the same time in the nets,” a BCCI supply informed PTI.
“Since it is a four day game, only time will tell if they are ready to stand in the field for longer periods or bowl multiple long spells. If you play a practice match, there is pressure. That same pressure is not there in the nets,” he added.
Harmanpreet has already conceded they acquired restricted time to prepare for the one-off Test however mentioned India go into the sport “mentally prepared”, having acquired some useful recommendation from males’s crew vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.
There is an effective likelihood that 17-year-old batting sensation Shafali Verma opens within the recreation alongside Mandhana.
She goes into the sport with no baggage and will properly make a huge impact on the prime of the order.
The skilled trio of Mithali, Harmanpreet and Punam Raut will likely be anticipated to do the job in what will likely be difficult situations for them additionally.
There might be some respite in retailer for the batters with England selecting Kookaburra over Dukes ball, which does extra, for the sport as the house crew builds up to the Ashes Test against Australia later within the year.
It additionally stays to be seen if veteran pacers Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey would have the ability to bowl lengthy spells, having not executed so for a very long time.
The spinners, who had a forgettable time at house within the restricted overs sequence against South Africa, could be be itching to make amends.
The guests can certainly take coronary heart from their previous file in England the place they haven’t misplaced in eight video games, having received two out of them.
England’s star all-rounder and newly-appointed vice captain Nat Sciver is among the many six squad members who performed of their final Test match against India again in August 2014.
The vacationers had received that recreation in Wormsley by six wickets.
England stay the favourites to win the upcoming contest however Sciver expects India to play fearlessly.
“They’re an ever-growing side. There’s always a new, young talent on the team who isn’t afraid to go out there and show what they’ve got. They seem to be more fearless than I’ve seen before,” Sciver mentioned.
“Couple that with numerous expertise of their crew – with Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami – they could be a very troublesome facet to beat. Hopefully in England, in our situations, we will hone our expertise and guarantee that we’re doing the best issues.
“Last time we played India, we weren’t very good in that Test match and we didn’t play to our potential so hopefully we can do better this time,” she added.
India: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Indrani Roy, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav.
England: Heather Knight (captain), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver (vice-captain), Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill.