In a one-off Test at the Wankhede Stadium, Australia’s women’s cricket team, led by captain Alyssa Healy, won the toss and chose to bat against India. This decision set the stage for a competitive match between the two cricketing nations.

The Indian women’s team came into the game with high spirits after their impressive 347-run victory over England’s women’s team the previous week. With such momentum on their side, the hosts were determined to build on their recent success and secure another triumph in the one-off Test against Australia.

Prior to the match, young cricketer Richa Ghosh was honored with her maiden Test cap, marking a significant moment in her cricketing journey. This gesture symbolized the team’s commitment to nurturing and giving opportunities to emerging talents.

On the Australian side, the absence of former skipper Meg Lanning marked the beginning of a new era for the team. Eager to start this chapter on a positive note, the Australian players were prepared to face the challenges posed by the Indian team on their home turf.

Ahead of the clash, Healy expressed her desire to play more Test matches and said as quoted from, “I would love to see more (Tests) played but I think the reality of that is it would not happen. At the same time, I think if more and more nations around the world are interested in playing the multi-format series, I think it is a great way to get Test cricket back relevant in our game.”

India’s skipper, Harmanpreet Kaur, shared insights into the team’s approach for the one-off Test, emphasizing the importance of a strategic and positive mindset. The match promised to be a test of skill, resilience, and teamwork for both sides as they vied for victory in this highly anticipated encounter at the Wankhede Stadium.

“Our approach for this game would be the same as our last match: to go for the win,” Harmanpreet stated as quoted from ICC.

“To continue that approach, if you are batting, it does not mean that you are just staying there. At the same time, you have to get those crucial runs for the team as well. Once you start attacking the bowler in a Test, and if your defence is solid, you can play a good mind game with them,” she attached.

Australia Women (Playing XI): Beth Mooney, Phoebe Litchfield, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Alyssa Healy(w/c), Annabel Sutherland, Ashleigh Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Kim Garth, Lauren Cheatle

India Women (Playing XI): Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur(c), Yastika Bhatia(w), Richa Ghosh, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Thakur Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad.


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