There is a Possibility of An Even-Contest Against Indian Women’s Team
Australia is gearing up to host the Indian Women’s team in a day and night Test match to be held on the WACA grounds in Perth. This day and night Test will be the first-ever for India Women and is slated for 30th September.
Ellyse Perry, the Australian all-rounder, is optimistic about playing on the fresh pitch at the WACA. She believes that the pace and bounce of the new WACA pitch will favor the home team. This Test match will be the second clash between these two sides. Their only other encounter was in March last year at the finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, where Australia emerged victorious, winning by 85 runs.
However, Perry has acknowledged the competency of the Indian batters and has thus not written off the Indian squad and expects an evenly matched game. The thirty-year-old is excited by the crop of bowlers in the home team, and although an all-out pace attack could be on the cards, it will depend on the conditions on game day. She praised the youthful players rising up the ranks in the team, and she hoped they would inject more vigor into the squad.
This Test series will be the second day and night Test match for Australia after their maiden one against England in Sydney in the 2017-2018 Ashes, resulting in a draw. Perry had a remarkable performance during this match as she played a landmark inning of 213, not out, but it proved insufficient to win the day. She also scored her first international century during that match, setting a new record for the highest score by an Australian in Women’s Tests. The draw meant that Australia retained the Ashes title,
The fresh pitch at the WACA is a testament to the growing respect being accorded women’s cricket from all quarters, with CA (Cricket Australia) at the fore. The game is growing steadily, and the disparity between Men’s and Women’s cricket is slowly diminishing.
This Australia vs. India 2021 Test match will herald the beginning of a busy summer, with the Australian Women team playing India in three-match ODIs and as many T20I series.
Australia is also scheduled to play a Test against the English women’s team in late January next year at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. This match will be the start of the multi-format Ashes series.
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