The Indian team is all set to play a multi-format series against Australia, starting from September 19th. Skipper Mithali Raj and coach Ramesh Powar spoke to the press ahead of the team’s departure to Australia.
The Indian team assembled for a 15-day preparatory camp for the Australia tour in Bangalore. Mithali Raj asserted that they have worked on the issues, that hampered their chances in England. She added that they are hoping to perform well as a unit during the Australia tour. Raj said,
“We know the areas we need to improve on after we came from the UK tour and we addressed those issues during our preparatory camp in Bangalore. We hope to come good as a unit in Australia. Whatever the result, we know we still will have a few months left in our preparation for the World Cup.”
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Australia tour will tell us where we stand before the World Cup: Mithali Raj
The Indian skipper also spoke about the ICC World Cup in New Zealand, which will take place in March 2022. Raj said that playing against Australia will prepare them better for the World Cup. The tour will highlight the issues they need to work on. Mithali Raj stated
“Australia will be a tough and a good tour for us before the World Cup. We are playing against the best so we will know where we stand. We will know our composition pretty much looking into the World Cup and it’s also some good game time before the World Cup.”
India’s tour of Australia will begin with the ODI series, with the first ODI to take on September 19 in Sydney, followed by the other two ODIs in Melbourne. India is also slated to play a pink-ball Test at Perth from September 30. The tour will conclude with the three-match T20I series.
Squads for India’s tour of Australia
India’s squad for the one-off Test and ODI series: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Ekta Bisht.
India’s squad for the T20I series: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh Thakur.