India A women's squad for Australia T20s announced

All the top players will be available for the series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed.

While Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the side, Smriti Mandhana has been named her deputy.   -  Vivek Bendre

Ahead of the World T20 in the West Indies next month, India will test its bench strength when the three-match T20 series between India A and Australia A gets underway at the Bandra Kurla Complex on Monday.

All the top players will be available for the series, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed on Saturday. While Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the side, Smriti Mandhana has been named her deputy.

The team also features Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy among others. The women cricketers are currently attending a camp at the Cricket Club of India, which is supposed to get over on Sunday.

India A had suffered a 3-0 loss against the visitor in the ODIs but the host, at full strength, will be a force to reckon with in the shortest format of the game.

The squad

India A: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), 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.

Fixtures: October 22, October 24, October 26 at the Bandra Kurla Complex.