After a high octane ODI series between the Indian women’s team and Australia women’s team, which the hosts won 2-1, the focus is all set to be on the one-off Test between the nations, which will also be the first pink-ball Test for the Mithali Raj-led side. The Test match will kick start tomorrow at Carrara Oval, Queensland and the visitors would be looking to come back after the loss in 50-overs format and will looking to etch their name in the history while the Australian women’s team being high on confidence and playing in home conditions will have the upper hand. It remains to be seen who will have the last laugh.
With less than 24 hours remaining for the start of the pink-ball Test between the Indian women’s team and the Australian women’s team, the Mithali Raj led side have suffered a major blow as vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur has failed to recover from the thumb injury and as a result of which the right-handed batter has been ruled out of the tomorrow’s encounter.
Notably, Harmanpreet Kaur suffered a thumb injury few days before the start of the first ODI series and subsequently missed the series as well. On the eve of the pink-ball Test Indian skipper, Mithali Raj confirmed that her deputy will not take the field tomorrow.
Being the senior player, Harmanpreet Kaur’s absence will leave a huge void in the team but it will provide a great opportunity for some other batter to prove her mettle and cash the opportunity. So far India’s vice-captain has played three Test matches and has scored 38 runs at an average of 7.60 along with taking nine wickets with the ball.
Indian skipper Mithali Raj talked about India’s minimal experience of playing under the lights, saying the team was more focused on the ODI series in their training camp in Bengaluru. She also sounded a cautious note about the pink ball, remarking that “it does quite a bit”.
“We were preparing for the One-day series in the Bengaluru camp. It was more to do with the white ball. Of course, we tried playing a few games under the lights to get used to the day-night Test. The preparation was more for the one-day series in the camp. For everybody, it was a little bit of a different experience because they are not used to seeing a pink ball around. It does quite a bit and that’s pretty much first impression of playing with the pink ball,” she said.