Recovering from the injury of captain Harmanpreet Kaur, India will challenge the multi-dimensional Australian women’s team in the three-match T20 series starting on Thursday.
The 32-year-old experienced campaigner missed one morning and one day / night Test against the hosts due to a thumb injury.
But he now has a swashbuckling starter in the young Shafali Verma to add firebrand to a batting line-up again as he completes Smriti Mandana’s audacity at the top of the order.
Mandana will be confident in the final stages of the Australian tour as he scored an amazing first Test century a week ago.
Regardless of the wide difference between the two forms, the senior starter will certainly retain momentum.
Although Harmanpreet was a welcome addition, the more confident Shafali drew her attention to batting aggressively, which was made up of strokes on both sides of the wicket.
During the tour, spectators showed that they could adapt to different formats in a short period of time, which helped them dominate the Pink Ball Test, winning just before the end of Aussie’s three – year world record.
Injuries (hip and thumb here before the series against South Africa) may have pushed her back in recent times but the upcoming three matches will give Harmanpreet the perfect opportunity to regain his touch in short forms ahead of next year’s ODI World Cup.
Harmanpreet is undoubtedly one of the biggest tournament winners in the short forms of the game and he will love his chances in the days to come.
While the Australian bowling attack will train its rifles for the likes of Shafali, Mandana and Harmanpreet, it will be another platform for young Jemima Rodriguez to regain her form.
Jemima did not have a great time with the national team, but will gain confidence from her impressive performance in ‘The Hundred’.
The bumpy Australian pitches make Jemima’s free-flowing game easy, and her captain wants to take advantage of it, and she’s a natural stroke maker.
Plenty of all-rounders make Australia a strong outfit in excellent form, but this Indian team has the energy to tackle the hosts.
For inspiration, the Indians could return to chase 180 runs against themselves in the T20s before last year’s World Cup, and at the 2017 World Cup Harmanpreet attacked their bowlers.
As was the case in the T20s for some time, senior cricketer Julan Goswami will not be there, but India are expected to be well served by the likes of Magna Singh, Pooja Vastragar and Shika Pandey.
At bat, spectators can see wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh and Yashtika Patia for runs in the middle order.
As is the trend in recent times, Australia will retain their all-rounders.
Captain McLanning believes his many talented young stars can make an impact in the battle.
Australia are set to introduce T20I to all-rounder Dahlia McGrath, who has excelled in the pink ball game.
On the back of the latest form with the ball, Annabelle makes a case for the Sutherland selection, while Nicola Carey’s elegant record will ensure she is on the agenda.
Indian team: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandana (VC), Shafali Verma, Jemima Rodriguez, Deepti Sharma, Sne Rana, Yastika Patia, Shika Pandey, Magna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeswari Kayakwad, Poonam Yadav (Richa), Richa , Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh.
Australia team: McLanning (C), Darcy Brown, Mythlon Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Gary, Hannah Darlington, Ashley Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molinox, Beth Mooney, Ellis Berry, Georgia Storm, Georgia Redme.