EN-W vs IN-W Playing 11: It’s time for the Women’s Test match as India Women get ready to take on hosts England Women here at Bristol. England Women will be wary about the last time they played India in Tests in which the visitors registered a historic win. India Women though, are playing a Test match after almost 7 years. The lack of Test cricket may affect their preparations but they look like a fearless side.
In 13 Tests played between these sides, India leads England 2-1 while 10 matches have ended in a draw. With both sides having some exciting players, the battle is expected to be a thrilling one.
Sarah Glenn and Freya Davies have been released from the squad in order to prepare for the upcoming ODI series. Nat Sciver has been appointed the vice-captain of the side.
Heather Knight (C)
Amy Jones (wk)
EN-W have a well balanced line-up with good mixture of youth and experience. A lot will depend upon experienced players like Sciver and Knight to lead the charge with the bat. With Brunt and Shrubsole, they have experienced seam-bowling options who will be useful in these conditions.
Heather Knight (C), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver (VC), Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield-Hill.
Shafali Verma has earned her maiden call-up to the Test side. Shikha Pandey and Taniya Bhatia also return to the side after missing the last series.
Mithali Raj (C)
Taniya Bhatia (wk)
Arundhati Reddy/ Ekta Bisht
Mandhana can play a crucial role at the top as she can take the game away from the opposition. The experienced pair of Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur will be crucial in testing conditions. IN-W can opt for one out of Arundhati Reddy and Ekta Bisht depending upon the conditions.
Mithali Raj (C), Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (VC), Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia, Indrani Roy (wk), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the England Women vs India Women match on the Sony Six and Sony Liv. The match will be played from 16-19 June and will start at 3:30 pm (IST).