India’s cricket board has confirmed its women’s side will play a landmark pink-ball Test during their upcoming tour of Australia. The fixture will mark just the second women’s Test between Australia and India since 1991.
Australia have only donned the whites against England during the past 15 years, during which numerous stars have repeatedly spoken of their desire to play more Test cricket.
The dates and venues for India’s multi-format tour of Australia were not included in Wednesday’s schedule announcement, but Board of Control for Cricket in India boss Jay Shah has confirmed the one-off Test will take place.
“Taking forward our commitment towards women’s cricket, I am extremely pleased to announce that Team India … will play in their first-ever pink ball day-night Test later this year in Australia,” Shah posted on Twitter.
Cricket Australia is yet to settle on a ground for the Test. However, the host board has already shown its desire to schedule women’s cricket at bigger venues by locking in international games at Adelaide Oval this season.
“We want to, as much as we can, play as many games as possible at some of the more iconic venues across Australia,” vice-captain Rachael Haynes said this week. “We’ve shown with the World Cup that we’re capable of getting big crowds.”
Australia and India clashed in front of 86,174 fans at the MCG during last year’s Twenty20 World Cup final.
This summer will start a busy stretch for Meg Lanning’s team. Australia will also host England in the multi-format women’s Ashes before heading to New Zealand to try to win back the ODI World Cup.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where cricket returns to the schedule in the form of women’s T20s, then awaits.