The India women's cricket team will square off against England Women in a one-off Test to be played at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai starting on Thursday, December 14.
India will host a women's Test match for the first time since November 2014. The hosts beat South Africa Women by an innings and 34 runs in their last Test at home in Mysore.
Interestingly, India Women have played only two Tests in nine years - against England at Bristol in 2021 and versus Australia at Carrara later that year. Both matches ended in a draw.
Led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur, India will look to bounce back after suffering a 1-2 defeat against England in the recently concluded three-match T20I series.
Left-arm spinner Saika Ishaque and Karnataka left-hander Shubha Satheesh are two new faces included in the Indian Test squad.
Apart from Shubha, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana and Meghna Singh will feature in the Test squad after their exclusion in the T20Is.
The likes of vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Renuka Thakur, Titas Sadhu and Pooja Vastrakar are also part of the Test squad.
On the other hand, the England women’s cricket team will be led by captain Heather Knight.
Ahead of the four-day Test match, England batting all-rounder Emma Lamb has withdrawn from the squad after suffering a back injury and will be returning home to consult with a spinal surgeon.
Middle-order batter Maia Bouchier and left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon have been included to the England Test squad after Emma’s withdrawal.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batter Bess Heath has received her maiden Test call-up.
Star left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone has also returned to the Test squad after recovering from her injury.
India Women vs England Women Test head-to-head
India Women hold a slight edge over England Women in Test cricket, winning two matches while England have registered just a solitary victory. As many as 11 of the 14 Tests played between these two nations have ended in draws.
The last time these two sides met, the match ended in a draw in Bristol in 2021.
Where to watch India Women vs England Women Test 2023 live in India?
The India Women vs England Women Test 2023 will be telecast live on Sports18 1 and Sports18 1 HD TV channels in India.
Live streaming of the India Women vs England Women Test 2023 will be available on the JioCinema app and website.
India Women vs England Women Test 2023 schedule and live match start times
All times in India Standard Time (IST)
Day and Date
Thursday, December 14 - Sunday, December 17
India Women vs England Women, Only Test
Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai
9:30 AM IST
India Women vs England Women Test 2023 squads
India Women Test squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Yastika Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Sneh Rana, Shubha Satheesh, Harleen Deol, Saika Ishaque, Renuka Thakur, Titas Sadhu, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar
England Women Test squad: Heather Knight (captain), Tammy Beaumont (wicket-keeper), Danni Wyatt, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Giler, Kirstie Gordon, Amy Jones (wicket-keeper), Bess Heath (wicket-keeper), Nat Sciver-Brunt, Lauren Bell
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