Smriti Mandhana confident with the Indian women’s team ahead of the tour in Australia

Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana has spoken out in favour of the Indian team and the possibility of picking up a win against the Australians in the upcoming series later this month.

The Indian women’s cricket team’s opener Smriti Mandhana has said the squad has massively improved since the defeat to Australia last year in the World T20 final. She went on to say that the Indian side is more competitive than ever for the upcoming India tour of Australia which is set to feature its first day-night Test game. 

Both teams are set to lock horns in the multi-format series that will include three ODIs, three T20s and the day-night Test that is scheduled to begin on the 30th of September to the 3rd of October at the capital Canberra city of Australia. The previous meeting between the two sides came in the women’s T20 World Cup final at the Melbourn Cricket Ground where the hosts took the win by 85 runs against India to lift the trophy last year. 

The Indian camp has finished the mandatory 14-day quarantine in Australia on Monday are set to take to the practice nets in preparation for the series. “COVID was a big break after the T20 World Cup and a lot of girls had a chance to go back and understand more about their games, where they lack as an individual and come back stronger,” said Mandhana as reported by PTI. “We all love playing against Australia because they are one of the best teams in the world and quite competitive,” she added 

The Indian team have landed in Australia after the multi-format series with England that took place earlier this year in June and July, while the young batting sensation Shafali Verma along with the women’s T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Mandhana were featured in the recently commenced The Hundred tournament. 

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