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Indian women’s cricket team to play first-ever pink-ball Test in Australia

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Mumbai, May 20 (MNN) India women’s cricket team will play their first-ever pink ball day-night Test in Australia later this year, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said on Thursday.

The women cricketers will play the Test from September 30 to October 3 during the Australia tour, he said on his Twitter handle.

The match will be played in Perth’s Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) sports stadium, which hasn’t hosted a day-night game as yet, Cricket Australia said after BCCI Secretary Jay Shah made the initial announcement.

The Indian women’s team, which will play its first Test in seven years from June 16 in England, will compete in another one during the tour of Australia.

The team will also play three ODIs (from September 19 to 24) and as many T20 International matches (from October 7 to 11) Down Under.

India last played a Test against Australia in 2006.

The pink-ball Test between India and Australia will be only the second such match to be held in the history of women’s cricket.

The only day-night women’s game played so far was between Australia and England at Sydney in November 2017. The match ended in a draw.

England and Australia are the only two teams which regularly play Test cricket, mainly against each other in the Women’s Ashes.

The schedule:

Sep 19: First ODI, North Sydney Oval (D/N)

Sep 22: Second ODI, Junction Oval

Sep 24: Third ODI, Junction Oval

Sep 30 – Oct 3: Day/Night Test match, WACA Ground (D/N)

Oct 7: First T20, North Sydney Oval

Oct 9: Second T20, North Sydney Oval

Oct 11: Third T20, North Sydney Oval.

The women’s cricket team is currently gearing up for the England tour, where they will play a Test match, 3 ODIs and as many T20I matches.

The players from the team have started to gather in Mumbai to quarantine themselves before boarding the flight for the all-important tour.

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