As per reports, the Indian Women team will participate in a training camp ahead of their departure to Australia. India is set to tour Australia for a multi-format series starting next month. According to the reports, a total of 30 women cricketers will assemble in Bengaluru today evening for the camp.
The Indian cohort will depart for Australia from Bengaluru either on August 29 or 30, following which they will undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. The 30-member group that will gather in Bengaluru comprises the core of the 21-member squad that toured the UK in June-July. These are also the players who were picked for the preceding limited-overs home series against South Africa in March.
Five more players will also join the camp starting next week. These players include Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, and Shafali Verma, who are currently engaged in the inaugural season of the ongoing The Hundred tournament.
The Australia tour will commence on September 19 with a three-match ODI series. Following this, the Indian Women team will be playing their first day/night Test match against Australia Women from September 30 to October 3. Since it will be their first pink ball game, the Indian team requested a couple of intra-squad matches with the pink ball before the major event.
Although the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to officially confirm the developments pertaining to the camp, reports suggest that fast bowler Meghna Singh has received a call-up for the camp. Chandigarh captain Amanjot Kaur has also made the cup and if picked up in the trimmed squad, she could possibly mark her debut.
If we compare the performances of the two teams, Australia has the upper hand. They beat India in the final of the 2020 T20 WC while maintaining a 24-match winning streak in ODIs.
India is coming at the backdrop of an ODI and T20I series loss against England Women, winning one match each in the two formats. They ended the Test series with the same opponents in a draw.