The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has selected the women’s team for the one-off Test and limited overs series against Australia. For this tour, pacers Meghna Singh and Renuka Singh Thakur found a place in the Indian team for the first time, while left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gaikwad returned to the team.
The Indian team will leave for Australia on August 29 to play three ODIs, one day-night Test and three T20Is. The selectors have picked up 27-year-old Meghna and 25-year-old Renuka in the Indian team after their good performances in the Senior ODI Trophy in April. The Indian players are training in Bengaluru before the tour. On reaching Australia, the team will have to go through a 14-day quarantine.
Right-arm pacer Meghna took five wickets for Railways, while Renuka took nine wickets for Himachal Pradesh in the tournament. Left-handed batsman Yastika Bhatia has found a place in all three teams, but Priya Poonia and Indrani Rai have been dropped. Veteran spinner Rajeshwari was not considered for the England tour as he recovered from a knee injury and also tested positive for COVID-19.
The tour will begin with an ODI series, the first of which will be played at the North Sydney Oval on 19 September, while the second and third matches will be played at the Junction Oval on 22 and 24 September respectively. Perth will then host the only pink-ball Test from 30 September, followed by T20 matches at the North Sydney Oval on October 7, 9 and 11.
Test and ODI squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shefali Verma, Poonam Raut, Jemima Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Tania Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastkar, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh and Ekta Bisht.
T20 squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shefali Verma, Jemima Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastkar, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav and Renuka Singh Thakur.