Indian team captain Mithali Raj is eager to see what the pink ball does, especially at dusk as the women’s team goes with two days of training in the first day-night Test against Australia.
With 14 days of isolation and a one-day series following their arrival in Australia, the team has very little time to prepare for the Tests starting on Thursday.
India had a one-day session on Tuesday and will be training under the lights on Wednesday.
“To be very honest. I have no experience playing with the pink ball. It will be my first experience as well. I’m eager to see that period (twilight) when they say it will be a little harder. I can only say that when I enjoy it,” Mithali said before the milestone fixture. .
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The pink ball has an extra coating of lacquer that retains luster and visibility, slides more than a red ball and moves a lot under lights.
Despite India losing the previous ODI series 1-2, Australia broke the steak that they had won in 26 matches and fought hard in the second and third matches.
Mithali said the team has gained a lot of confidence through that performance.
“The team is definitely confident. Playing the best team before the World Cup one day is the best product. I understand that the first game was the flash cricket we played. I had to talk hard with the team and the girls responded well.
“We wanted to post a huge total and we did it.” The team is very excited. Playing pink ball in day and night game is a different experience for us. Usually played during Test day, the only red ball we played against England. So it will be very different, ”he said.
In the first Test in almost seven years, India drew with England.
Mithali said India and Australia last played a Test in 2006 and since then both teams have “come a long way”.
“In one day format, we recorded good totals. It was a very good and tight series. Overall, women’s cricket has come a long way globally.
Australia have a fast-paced attack, albeit without a handful of experienced bowlers. With the appearance of Magna Singh in ODIs, the Indian pace sector has also been strengthened.
“It must have been the best pace attack by the Indian team. With Julen’s experience, the first series of young fast bowler Magna Singh was very impressive and Bhuj Vastragar, who came back two years later, we are trying to shape her into an all-rounder.
“I am happy to see the progress they have made and the results are visible to all,” Mithali added.
Hopefully, this is a great start to something: McLanning
“It’s very exciting. India is obviously a great cricket country. They love their cricket and they are very excited to play in a Test match.” Lanning said at a pre-match press conference.
“We are all looking forward to starting many of the first comers, which is not just an off, we can go to India in the next few years and play Tests.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing to do, and I think it’s the beginning of something very special,” Lanning said.
Vice-captain Rachel Haynes has been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury.
“It’s a big loss. On and off the field, he’s obviously a very experienced player. An important part of our team disappointed her and us.
“The good thing is, we have some options. It depends on the wicket. There’s a green tinge to it and it might bring some of our cracking all-rounders into the frame.
“We have to decide whether we want to go to the particular batting position or the all-rounder level, so we will call today after training,” he said.