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AUS-W vs IND-W, Only Test – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks 

Match: Australia Women vs India Women, (AUS-W vs IND-W, Only Test)

Date: September 30 – October 3, 2021 / 11:30 AM IST

Venue: Carrara Oval, Queensland 

Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

India Women’s tour of Australia is being covered by Sony Pictures Network in India. The one-off Test match between the two teams will be broadcasted live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD from 11:30 AM IST on all four matchdays. You can also catch all the live action on the online streaming platform, Sony Liv. 

AUS-W vs IND-W, Only Test – What to expect: 

The multi-format series between Australia Women and India Women is poised well, with the hosts taking the lead of 4-2 points after the three-match ODI leg. The caravan now moves to Carrara Oval for the only Test, which will be a pink ball day-night match from September 30 to October 3. 

The series has already seen some incredible action from both the teams. Australia hammered the visitors in the first ODI by nine wickets in their trademark style. India made a strong comeback in the second ODI, posting 274 on the board and dominating the game for the majority of the part before Australia’s lower middle order snatched the victory to keep the streak alive. However, in the very next game, India held the nerves better to chase down 265 in the last over in a tight finish to break Australia’s 26-match winning streak in the fifty-over format. 

As far as Test cricket is concerned, Aussie women played their last match in 2019 and have played only three games in the last seven years, winning one and drawing two. India Women played two Tests in 2014, winning both against England and South Africa. After which their next game took place in June 2021 in England, where they drew the Test. This will be India Women’s first pink ball day-night Test while Australia have played one. With four points on the line, we can expect a competitive display from both the teams. 

Pitch Report of AUS-W vs IND-W, Only Test: 

Carrara Oval in Queensland has only hosted a solitary international T20 and never a Test. The track is expected to offer plenty of assistance for the pacers with the pink ball and under lights. The weather forecast is not looking too promising as there’s more than 80% chance of precipitation with thunderstorms in Queensland on the first two days of the Test. 

Australia Women – Expected XI and Team News 

The hosts have been grappled with some serious injury woes ahead of the day-night Test. Megan Schutt and Jess Jonassen were already out of the series. Tyla Vlaeminck will also not be available until T20Is. Rachael Haynes has been ruled out of the match due to a hamstring injury. Beth Mooney also had hamstring concerns while Georgia Wareham suffered a quad injury. Sophie Molineux also had a cut on her lip during the third ODI. 

Probable XI – Beth Mooney, Alyssa Healy (wk), Meg Lanning (captain), Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Ash Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Tahlia McGrath, Georgia Wareham/Annabel Sutherland, Hannah Darlington, Darcie Brown 

India Women – Expected XI and Team News 

India Women are likely to retain their majority of the playing XI that drew a Test in England three months back. Harmanpreet Kaur, who missed the ODI series due to an injury, is likely to return for the Test. Taniya Bhatia is likely to continue with the wicketkeeping responsibility in the longest format. The pace bowler Meghna Singh was impressive in the ODI series and could well start ahead of Shikha Pandey. 

Probable XI – Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Sneh Rana, Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey/Meghna Singh

Head to head record of AUS-W vs IND-W 

Australia Women and India Women have played only nine Test matches in the history of the sport, where Australia have won four while five games ended in a draw. 

Australia Women – 4 

India Women – 0 

Draw – 5 

Only Test: Five players to watch out for in the Australia Women vs India Women Test match 

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI: 

Ellyse Perry: All-rounder, Australia 

Ellyse Perry is arguably the greatest all-rounder to have graced the women’s game. She hasn’t been at her best since the post-injury comeback but expect her to find her rhythm in the longest format. Perry has 624 runs in eight Tests at an incredible average of 78, including two hundreds and two fifties with best of 213*, which incidentally came in the day-night Test. The all-rounder also has 31 wickets to her name at a magnificent average of 18.19, with two five-wicket hauls. 

Mithali Raj: Batter, India 

The Indian skipper is one of the legends of the game with an immense impact on the Indian women’s cricket. Mithali Raj has a terrific record in Test cricket, scoring 669 runs at an average of 44.60. She has one hundred and four fifties to her name in the format. With her experience, she will be a key player in the day-night Test. 

Meg Lanning: Batter, Australia 

Meg Lanning is one of the best batters in the world and has an incredible record in the other two formats. While she has only scored 185 runs in four Test matches, she’s too good to not do well in the longest format. Lanning has one fifty to her name and would be determined to better her Test record. 

Tahlia McGrath: All-rounder, Australia 

The 25yr old Tahlia McGrath has played only one Test, where she scored 47 runs in an innings and picked 3/57 in the match. The all-rounder is a much improved player and has been in fantastic form with both bat and ball in recent times. Expect her to contribute significantly in the Test with her all-round ability. 

Jhulan Goswami: Bowler, India 

Jhulan Goswami is one of the greatest players in women’s cricket’s history. She has carved an incredible career for herself across formats. Goswami has 41 wickets in 11 Tests at an exceptional average of 17.63, including three five-wicket hauls, with best match figures of 10/78. Goswami is also a handy batter, averaging 23 in Tests. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Also read: Which Batsman Holds the Record for Most Sixes in IPL History?

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