Smriti Mandhana challenged Australia before the start of the tour, said- this is not the World Cup team
The Indian women's team will start its Australian tour later this month. Team's star batsman Smriti Mandhana says that this time India is fully prepared for this tour. India has to play three T20s, three ODIs and one day-night Test match on this tour. This will be the first day-night test match of the Indian women's team.
Smriti Mandhana has challenged the host team before the start of the tour, saying that this time her team has come very strong. He said the team's performance has improved a lot after their loss to Australia in the T20 World Cup final last year and they will play very competitive cricket during the upcoming series here. A series of three ODIs, one day night Test and three T20 matches will be played between India and Australia from 21 September. The Test will be held in Canberra from 30 September to 3 October.
Team India has changed after the defeat of the World Cup
The last time the two teams met was in the Women's T20 World Cup final at the MCG last year in which Australia won by 85 runs. Mandhana said on 'The Scoop Podcast', 'The team's performance has improved a lot since then.' The Indian team completed its 14-day strict quarantine on Monday. Mandhana said, 'Corona was a big break after the T20 World Cup and a lot of girls got a chance to go back and understand more about their game, they came back stronger. The entire team has worked on their fitness and skills. We are still getting into the rhythm of playing matches consistently but for the last 5-6 months we have been playing cricket and now we are back in the match mentality.
The team worked on fitness
He said, 'The entire team has worked on their fitness and skills. We are getting back into the rhythm of playing matches consistently, hopefully this series will be good," Mandhana said, adding that the series against Australia is always competitive and the Indian team enjoys batting on the pitches here. "We all love to play against Australia because they are one of the best teams in the world and play very competitive cricket," he said. Both the teams will play practice matches on Saturday.