India, a vastly improved unit: Smriti Mandhana
Opener Smriti Mandhana said the Indian women’s cricket team has been ‘overwhelming’ since the World T20 final loss to Australia last year and will be ‘extra competitive’ in the next round. here, which will also include its first day and night trial outing.
India and Australia are expected to coordinate on a multi-format series comprising three ODIs, the day-night test and three T20s, starting September 21.
The Test will be played from September 30 to October 3 in Canberra.
The last time the two teams met was in the T20 Women’s World Cup final at the MCG last year, when the hosts hammered India 85 points to lift the trophy.
“The squad has grown significantly (since the T20 World Cup),” Mandhana said. The scoop Podcast.
The Indian team ended their 14-day quarantine on Monday.
The COVID pandemic had given girls the opportunity to re-evaluate their game, identify their shortcomings and come back stronger, Smriti said.
“The whole team has been working on fitness and skills… we keep playing the rhythm of the games continuously. The last five or six months we’ve been playing and now we’re getting back into the game’s mindset. Hopefully the series goes well for the whole team, ”she said.
India arrived in Australia after a multi-format streak against England in June and July, while a few players like white ball skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, teenage batting sensation Shafali Verma and Smriti also featured in The Hundred.
“We like to play against Australia because they are one of the best teams in the world and quite competitive,” said Smriti.
“As far as Australia is concerned you are a little more motivated because the level of competitiveness of the Australian team is rubbing off on us and we are also starting to be very competitive,” she said.
Smriti is the only Indian woman to score a century in Australia, a 102 at Blundstone Arena at the age of 19 in 2016. She also holds the record for the country’s highest T20I score by an Indian woman.
“The Australian wickets are having a real rebound and I think everyone likes to hit in Australia. No one will tell you that they don’t like to strike in Australia, ”she said.
The teams will play a warm-up match in Brisbane on Saturday.