A fifteen-year drought finally came to an end on Thursday when Australia and India’s female cricketers competed in a Test for the first time since 2006.
India is in goal 0-86 after 19 overs with Smriti Mandhana (47) and Shafail Verma (19) after losing the throw.
Australia missed two golden chances to win the opening wicket, both from Sophie Molineux’s bowling. The first was a sharp chance on the first slip that surprised Meg Lanning, while the second two overs later was a simple catch in the middle that was knocked down by Annabel Sutherland.
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India are entering the series at a climax after Australia’s notable ODI winning streak of 26 games ended with the final game on Sunday.
Still, Australia won the first two games in the multi-format series and will be unassailable with victory in the test match that comes before a T20I series.
Australia will have to do without Rachael Haynes, who was excluded from the series due to a thigh injury.
Their absence forced the Australians to re-jig, who did without an additional stroke specialist for an all-rounder, 19-year-old Annabel Sutherland, who played in the last ODI.
She is one of three Test debutants with fellow teenagers Darcie Brown and Stella Campbell, and Georgia Wareham, who also receives baggy greens before the game.
Meanwhile, Ellyse Perry knows she needs to step up her bowling performance as she prepares to lead the Australian test attack.
Perry just recently returned to bowling after suffering a long-standing thigh injury and the 30-year-old is firmly in the spotlight.
Perry admitted she was “very wrong” at Mackay during the one-day internationals.
“It’s a really good challenge for me to keep working on things and trying to find a good shape that adds to the team,” she said.
There is a high risk of rain and storms on the first day on the Gold Coast.
As of 2:05 p.m. (AEST), the Beureau of Meteorlogy predicted a 90 percent chance of rain on Thursday.
“The danger of a thunderstorm, possibly severe in the late afternoon and evening,” predicts BOM.
Australia XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Ashleigh Gardner, Annabel Sutherland, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Darcie Brown, Stella Campbell
India XI: Smriti Mandhana, Shafail Verma, Puman Raut, Mithali Raj (c), Yastika Bhatia, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Pooja Vastrakar, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad
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