Rajeshwari Gayakwad makes her return to the India side as the BCCI, on Tuesday, announced the squads for the all-format tour to Australia scheduled for September and October.
The tour begins with 3 ODIs on September 19, 22, and 24. The ODI series will be followed by a historic Day-Night Test – the first for Indian women – at the W.A.C.A. Ground in Perth. The trip concludes by mid-October with three T20Is in Sydney.
Selectors picked the same 18-woman squad for the Test match and the ODI series, captained by Mithali Raj, as they did for the England tour. Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the 17-member T20I squad.
Gayakwad missed out on the England tour because of a knee injury. Two uncapped players – pacer Meghna Singh and left-handed batter Yastika Bhatia – have been added to the contingent.
India drew the Test match in England before losing the ODI series and the T20I series. Australia, on the other hand, are coming off a 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand in the ODIs, after their T20I series ended in a 1-1 draw. Both teams will have an extra focus on their ODI outfits keeping next year’s World Cup in mind.
India Women’s squad for One-off Test & ODI series:
Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Ekta Bisht.
India Women’s T20I squad:
Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh Thakur.