Full-strength India A looks to test Australians in T20s

After a 3-0 series defeat in the one-dayers, the Indians will be hoping to put up a better fight in the shortest format.

File Photo: Harmanpreet Kaur (in picture) will lead the Indian side.   -  Vivek Bendre

To help India’s women’s team members gear up for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, the national selectors have decided to field a full-strength India A side for its Twenty20 series against Australia A.

The three-match series, which begins at the Bandra-Kurla Complex here on Monday, offers the host a good platform to test its strengths and shortcomings.

Kaur to lead

The three-match one-day series between the sides was a one-sided affair, Australia A winning 3-0. This time, however, the contest is likely to be much closer, with Harmanpreet Kaur leading the side and all the first-choice players playing.

All eyes will be on Harmanpreet, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, but the host team will also hope to test its bowling strength before travelling to the Caribbean. A good outing for young all-rounder Jemimah Rodrigues will also augur well for India.

Meanwhile, Australia A will be hoping to maintain its winning run.

The squads
  • India A: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatia (wicketkeeper), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, D. Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy.
  • Australia A: Samantha Bates, Maitlan Brown, Lauren Cheatle, Piepa Cleary, Josephine Dooley, Heather Graham, Sammy Jo Johnson, Tahlia McGrath, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Redmayne, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Belinda Vakarewa, Amanda-Jade Wellington.