Opener Smrati mandhana says she never thought the Indian women’s team would play a day / night test, something the country will experience in a few months in Australia.
The day-night test against Australia, part of a multi-format seven-match tour, is scheduled to take place from September 30 to October 3 at the WACA venue in Perth.
“Honestly, when I watched men’s day-to-night tests, I never really felt that I would be able to experience this moment – it’s wrong to say ‘me’ right now – that the Indian team will be able to experience the moment,” Mandhana told ESPNcricinfo .
“So when it was announced, I was like, ‘Oh, wow. This is going to be crazy. “
The Pink Ball clash will be India’s first four-day match (standard women’s test duration) against Australia since 2006 and their second test match this year, with the one-off game against England taking place next month in Bristol.
“I remember playing my first day-night one-day game or a T20 game,” Mandhana said.
“I was pretty excited as a kid. I was like, ‘Wow, we’re going to be able to play a day-night game’ and all that. Now that we’re going to play a day-and-night game, we have a lot to work on, but (there’s) a lot of excitement … excitement of being part of a day-to-night test match, and that’s also a good challenge in Australia, against Australia. It’s a great time for the Indian women’s cricket team. “
Although excited about facing the pink ball, Mandhana said the focus now is the Test against England, which starts on June 16. “It’s too early right now,” she said.
“It’s just going to be a process. You have to adapt to it. It’s too early to start preparing for the pink balls, because the match is three or four months later.
“Right now it’s more about the England test, the Duke’s ball and all that stuff, so let’s see.”
So far, Mandhana has played two tests, the first against England in August 2014 and the second against South Africa in Mysore in the same year. India won both matches – six wickets and 34 runs, respectively.
The upcoming game against England will be Mandana’s first test match in more than six years. “When we met the first test, against England, the whole team was really excited,” said Mandhana.
“We all looked forward to the latter. The last test match I was a part of was in 2014, so a long time passed, we hadn’t gone out in white, so this excitement of playing a Test match (after almost seven years) was on another level. ”