India’s Test Vice-Captain Harmanpreet Kaur wants to play more matches in the test format of cricket. And she is really eager to hit the field for the one-off test match against England, starting from mid of June. After a long duration of seven years, the Indian women’s team will play their first test against England. Later this year, the Indian Women’s team will also come into a face-off with the Australian women’s team in a pink ball test which will be played at the WACA, Perth.
“Test match is just like a dream come true, I actually want to play many test matches in my career. And I hope I will continue playing tests. Playing in England with the red ball is really challenging & we all are excited about it”, said Harmanpreet Kaur in a video shared by the BCCI. India’s star batter Smriti Mandhana too wants to play test matches for India & is gearing up to play in the one-off test match against England starting from June 16.
“It’s quite exciting as we are touring with the Indian team after a long time, we have had tours individually for KSL but really excited to go out there with a bunch of girls”, said Smriti Mandhana. Recently the BCCI unveiled a new test kit for the Indian Women’s team which the women’s team will be sporting in their one-off Test against England. Harmanpreet feels that the event was an opportunity to meet & interact with her fellow cricketers whereas Mandhana termed the event as a motivational experience for the entire Indian Women’s team.
“It was a great feeling as we are in quarantine & it was a good chance to meet everyone present there. We exchanged the jersey. It was really a great feeling”, said Harmanpreet. While Mandhana feels that it was an inspirational event for them. “We got to know a lot about the history of women’s cricket & also Mithali di spoke about the importance of test cricket for them. It was quite a motivational event for all of us”, said Smriti Mandhana.
The Indian women’s team will face England women’s team in a one-off test, followed by three ODIs & three T20Is. The two teams will first face each other in a four-day test match starting from June 16. Then both the teams will lock horns in three-match ODIs starting from June 27 with the matches slated to be played at Bristol, Taunton & Worcester. Finally, the two teams will come into a face-off in a three-match T20Is starting from July 9. The three T20Is will be palyed at Northampton, Hove & Chelmsford. The third T20I match which was scheduled to be played on July 15 will now be played one day before on July 14 in Chelmsford.
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