India Women will play their first Test since 2014 this year when they take on England.© AFP
India Women will play a Test match for the first time since 2014 at the end of this year when they take on England in a one-time match. The announcement was made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah on the occasion of International Women’s Day on Monday. Jai Shah tweeted, “On the occasion of #InternationalWomensDay, I’m happy to announce that #TeamIndia @BCCIWomen will play a Test match against @ECB_cricket later this year. Women in Blue will beat whites again Will donate from. “
on the occasion of #International Women’s Day, I’m pleased to announce #Temindia @BCCIWomen Will play one Test match against @ECB_cricket later this year. Blue women will be donating to the whites again
– Jai Shah (@Jayshah) March 8, 2021
India last played a Test match in 2014 when they faced South Africa in Mysore. Current ODI captain Mithali Raj led India in that game as the hosts won by an innings and 32 runs.
The India women played their first Test in 1976 against the West Indies in Bengaluru. The six-match series was tied 1–1.
In all, the women have played 37 Tests, of which the West Indies series and Mithali have played 10 matches, scoring 663 runs in 51 with a century and four half-centuries.
India is currently playing South Africa in a five-match ODI series in Lucknow, which will be followed by a three-match T20I series.
South Africa beat India by eight wickets in the first ODI played on Sunday. India Women were restricted to 9 for 177 after South Africa asked them to bat.
In response, the victors reached the target at the loss of eight wickets in only 40.1 overs with the help of half-centuries from Liezel Lee (83 *) and Laura Volvard (80).
The second ODI of the series will be played at the same venue on Tuesday.
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