First Test encounter for seven years units the scene for multi-format collection
They name it the seven-year itch and after so lengthy in the Test match wilderness, India are prepared for a change of scene which they and their opponents, England, hope will likely be something however uninteresting or scratchy. So uncommon are ladies’s Tests that there’s a sense of stress to offer pleasure, not least to a stay TV viewers, as nicely as to followers who’re simply starting to whet their appetites for witnessing the motion in particular person as pandemic-enforced restrictions slowly ease.
But extra urgent for 2 skilled sports activities groups is the desire to win. England have not achieved so at dwelling to India in eight accomplished Test matches whereas India are taking part in simply their second Test since their final assembly in the format in 2014, having additionally performed and crushed South Africa later the identical 12 months. In truth, India are on a three-match profitable streak in Tests – in case you can name it a streak on condition that that streak begins in 2006 – and victory in Bristol would pull them away from Australia to a ladies’s report variety of Test victories on the trot.
News that this match will likely be performed on a pitch used for the lads’s T20 Blast final Friday could increase hopes of a consequence nevertheless it would not precisely purchase in to the hype surrounding this match, which has been appreciable on condition that the lads’s WTC ultimate between India and New Zealand begins on Friday. At least an in any other case iffy climate forecast is obvious for the primary day of the Women’s Test, providing them a major probability to show heads and even perhaps seduce a wider viewers.
It additionally units the stage for extra to return with the Test forming the primary a part of a multi-format collection incuding three ODIs and three T20Is.
In the highlight
England (doable): 1 Tammy Beaumont, 2 Lauren Winfield-Hill, 3 Heather Knight (capt), 4 Amy Jones, 5 Nat Sciver, 6 Sophia Dunkley, 7 Fran Wilson/Georgia Elwiss, 8 Katherine Brunt, 9 Anya Shrubsole, 10 Sophie Ecclestone, 11 Emily Arlott/Kate Cross
India (doable): 1 Smriti Mandhana, 2 Jemimah Rodrigues/Priya Punia, 3 Punam Raut, 4 Mithali Raj (capt), 5 Harmanpreet Kaur, 6 Deepti Sharma, 7 Taniya Bhatia (wk), 8 Jhulan Goswami, 9 Shikha Pandey, 10 Poonam Yadav/Ekta Bisht, 11 Arundhati Reddy/Pooja Vastrakar
Pitch and situations
The match will likely be performed on a pitch used for Gloucestershire’s T20 Blast match towards Sussex final Friday, which Knight branded “not ideal” and tried in useless to have modified. The climate might nicely play an enormous half with heat and vibrant sunshine forecast for the opening day, adopted by a excessive probability of rain, significantly on Thursday and Saturday.
Stats and trivia
“You obviously want to be entertaining and want to put on a show, and show off the best of your skills and the best of women’s cricket, but our job first and foremost is to try and win and be successful. That’s at the forefront of our mind, and if we can do both at the same time, even better.”
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“You ask any modern-day cricketer, they still want to play the longer format because they eventually know that the format tests the skill of a player.”
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Valkerie Baynes is a normal editor at ESPNcricinfo