India women will be playing their first Test since November 2014 as they’ll take on England women in a one-off Test at Bristol in June. They’ll also play three ODIs and as many T20Is on the same tour. If reports are to be believed, the ECB is planning to permit small crowds in the stadium as well. India women don’t play a lot of Test cricket. The likes of Mithali Raj and Jhulam Goswami, who’ve had careers lasting for over two decades, have just played just 10 Tests.
England women skipper Heather Knight is delighted to face India in a Test match. This will be the first Test between these two teams in over six years. “It’s really important that we keep Test cricket going in the women’s game. Realistically, T20 is the sport that’s going to grow the women’s game around the world. I think we’ve seen that over the last five years, but I’d love to keep playing Test cricket.” Heather Knight said.
In their previous Test, which was played in 2014 in England, India women defeated the hosts by 6 wickets. They were set a target of 181 runs to chase, which they did with just four wickets down. Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj scored half-centuries in the chase.
Heather Knight, who was part of the last Test, is keen to do well in the match. She had a disastrous outing last time around and could only manage 0 and 1 in her two innings.
“I remember it being a real occasion playing against India in a Test Match (In 2014). So, I think it’s going to be the same this time. Playing Test cricket feels very special. It’s definitely rated very highly amongst the players. We don’t play India very often, so I think it’s going to be a real occasion for them. I think they’ll be massively excited. Hopefully, we can put on a show and make it a really good game.” added Knight.
India women tour of England schedule
1st Test- Bristol, 16-19 June
1st ODI- Bristol, 27 June
2nd ODI- Taunton, 30 June
3rd ODI- Worcester, July 3
1st T20I- Northampton, July 9
2nd T20I- Hove, July 11
3rd T20I- Chelmsford, July 15