Australia v India: women’s Test, day one – as it happened

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The tourists advanced to a strong 132-1 before lightning stopped play at Gold Coast’s Carrara Stadium

STUMPS: India 132-1 (Mandhana 80, Raut 16)

The umpires have called it. Play will resume half an hour early tomorrow, which is 2pm local time. Thanks for your company throughout the course of this frustrating day. Until then, bye!

The question I get asked most: are the men’s Ashes going ahead? It’s been difficult to answer for all the obvious reasons, but maybe we’ll have a bit more of an idea by the end of this weekend?

A meeting has been scheduled for Friday at which England’s Test players will finally be briefed about detailed plans for this winter’s Ashes tour, giving them the weekend to mull over their participation before the selectors convene next week to decide on the travelling party.

A strong team to end a brilliant England women’s domestic season. A game-changing summer across the 50 and 20 over formats, with The Hundred the cream on the cake in terms of exposure. Onwards.

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Multiple claps of lightning audible from the press box, we’re told. No official word on the formal social channels but reports from those covering the game would suggest we’re nearing a decision.

The latest the umpires can make a decision is 10pm local time. So, that’s about an hour from now. The latest they can go back on is 90 minutes from now, which would be, I suspect, for 30 minutes. If the weather is as we’re hearing, I doubt they’ll leave it that long.

It’s raining consistently and heavily at Carrara. At this time of night, with so little chance of getting back on, I reckon they might call it.

More news - this is a top signing. Marcus Harris, who stitched together a fine season for Leicestershire in 2020, is off to Bristol.

✍️ Australian opening batter Marcus Harris has signed for Gloucestershire on a two-year deal... ✍️

More here 👇

— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 30, 2021

Warks all-out 518 at Lord’s. Many wickets this morning; neither side much fancy taking this into October. Warks have a lead of 440 to play with and about six hours to take ten Lancs wickets to finish it in three days. Follow along with Tanya Aldred on the other side.

Bernard Sayer enjoyed our Coodabeens inclusion about the Bears and Carrara. “Personal favourite of mine was song to the tune of Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall’ – “and I think, and I think, and I think, I think I’ll – I think I’ll barrack for the Bears”. I can’t find it on You Tube but it was a bloody gem.”

One of the strongest memories I have of my late grandmother is her bouncing me on her knee as a very little boy to DiPierdomenico - the first song I learned all the words to. I now sing it to my baby girl.

The situation is deteriorating at Carrara. Again, per Bharat Sundaresan’s twitter feed - far more informative than official handles - the Indians have their pads off and the rain is heavier.

This is a good explanation from Simon Taufel. Sounds like lightning is also a factor, in addition to the light rain that’s been falling.

Simon Taufel explains what the umpires' considerations are when looking to resume play #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/dNejOipqV1

— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) September 30, 2021



“You’ve got to be able to find Carrara on that screen,” says Daniel Norcross on his BT Sport cross when looking at the rain radar in front of him, “and I can’t.” Perfect comedic timing.

Tea has been taken at Carrara

The rain, we’re told, is only light at the moment, so we’re some chance to get back on in the next couple of hours. Plenty of time.

I’m grateful to Steggz85 for reminding me about the Coodabeen Champions ode to the ground where this Test is being played.

Tweets from the ground aren’t overly positive. We’ll wait and see.

Between times, if you’re in the market for a chat on Australia’s 26-game ODI winning streak, which India ended on Sunday, it’s where Geoff Lemon and I started our Final Word pod this week. Now into the 11th season of the show, which is vaguely mindblowing. Enjoy!

Guess that song in the background sums up the mood in both camps currently #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/NzkNgsa63c

— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 30, 2021

It’s probably the final day of the season in England. In turn, you might also want to join Tanya Aldred (in a second tab, of course) covering the Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s. An early wicket for Jack Blatherwick, who looks a likely type if you ask me.

A bit going on at Carrara, Bharat reports. As Daniel Norcross points out in his BT Sport link, it’s not often that both captains are keen to be out there during a rain delay but this is one of those times.

Understandably Meg Lanning isn’t super chuffed with whatever the umpires just informed her about the state of play & the conditions. Nor is the Indian camp. Great sign that both teams are desperate to be out there. Bad sign that the forecast is getting progressively bad #AUSvIND

— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 30, 2021

“My TV’s sort of crocked so I only have you to keep me in touch,” tweets palfreyman1414. “But you, my friend, got to watch a Mandhana half century, surely the most sublime sight over the last five years of cricket!”

Not wrong. From the moment Mandhana arrived she was everyone’s favourite. Now 25 years old, she should be nearing her best.

28 balls in that mini-session, 18 runs added. Positive batting from the get-go, Mandhana and Raut both realising the opportunity to press Australia’s attack. The rain is easing, they might be back soon.

Rain stops play

Sorry. After one ball in the 45th over, on run the ground staff.

44th over: India 132-1 (Mandhana 80, Raut 16) Sutherland given her first bowl in Test cricket and it’s a good over, keeping Mandhana quiet - a maiden. Bowling without any slips and four fielders either side of point to the opener, who looks to be right in Australia’s head.

43rd over: India 132-1 (Mandhana 80, Raut 16) Raut’s turn to attack, hammering a floaty Gardner full toss over midwicket for four more! What a brilliant little re-start this has been from the visitors.

42nd over: India 128-1 (Mandhana 80, Raut 12) Raut gives the strike back to Mandhana early in the over with a clip behind square. The opener plays McGrath with caution until she drops short again, hammering her second pull shot since the resumption, this time in front of square for four! What a wonderful sound that made off the bat. This is now her highest Test score - GO YOU GOOD THING.

41st over: India 123-1 (Mandhana 76, Raut 11) Gardner gets the first opportunity after the break and Punam is straight on the front foot, taking a couple to extra cover, then steering another behind point. Busy as always. As I said in the below tweet, an underrated player by those who fixate on strike rates alone. Suited to Test cricket, especially with Mandhana going so nicely. A partnership builder.

Punam Raut cops a lot of stick but is an underrated operator. An enabler in partnerships, well suited to long-form cricket - can bat for long periods of time. A fine record in the 2017WC, including in the final, & a ton v Aus. Clever too - a good lap sweeper. #AUSvIND

— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) September 30, 2021



40th over: India 120-1 (Mandhana 76, Raut 8) Just two balls to complete the McGrath over and Mandhana hits the second of those over square leg for SIX! What a statement! Not that short but she was into position nice and early; fabulous batting to transfer the pressure straight back onto Australia with the wet ball. Go on!

The players are back on the field! McGrath to Mandhana. PLAY!

A rare piece of positive scheduling news.

Some good news about England's schedule: their 2021 ODIs in the Netherlands as part of the CWC Super League qualification process have been rearranged for 2022 - between June 17-22, all at the VRA Ground, Amstelveen, in the suburbs of Amsterdam.

— James Coyne (@coynejames) September 30, 2021

See you there.

“Evening/Morning Adam and Winnie.” Hello Tanya Wintringham, great to see you drop by. “This is just a quick note to say - joy of my life, women’s test cricket - hooray! I don’t want to start a virtual riot but should the boundaries be set further back? It’s a genuine question, I don’t have a view either way.”

I don’t have a huge issue with the boundaries when they are set back to the maximum permitted in women’s internationals - 65 metres, I’m fairly sure, which looks to be where they’re at for this Test. When it can be an issue is in matches where they are spooled in to the minimum (50 metres), standing out for the wrong reasons.

News from Metricon Stadium: play is set to resume at 7.20pm!

You can catch the action on 7Mate, Fox Cricket or Kayo #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/HVv19cYP8t

— Australian Women's Cricket Team 🏏 (@AusWomenCricket) September 30, 2021

Re-start in 20 minutes! (7:20pm local time)

Giddy up! They will play for 85 minutes then take tea, then crack on for 85 further minutes until stumps. All told, 87 overs to be bowled.

Better news! From my man at the ground, Bharat Sundaresan.

The umpires have just had a chat with the captains. Looks like they’ll be taking the covers off soon to see what lies beneath #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/6NJIFIhpn7

— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 30, 2021

There’s a bit of train about in North London too. At least there was when dropping my baby at nursery before jumping on the tools here. However, Warwickshire have all the time in the world to wrap up the Bob Willis Trophy Final at Lord’s with three days leftand a huge lead. Here’s Tanya Aldred’s report from HQ last night.

News from the ground: it’s still raining at Carrara. Sorry.

Let’s take a look at the highlights of the Fifth ODI between England and New Zealand from Canterbury on Sunday, the hosts completing a 4-1 series win. An impressive way for Heather Knight’s side to finish, especially with the bat, after a middling week to that point.

Am I allowed to say Australia had a bad first hour? Or will that result in Border Force knocking back my return to the country? Well, they did, and Smriti Mandhana was able to keep the pressure on, at a decent clip too, reaching a classy half-century. By the middle session (before the thunder and lightning) everyone’s favourite cutter prompted not one, not two but four fielders patrolling the point region. My daughter enjoyed the highlights, per this photo.

Stand up for Smriti Mandhana. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/1VMysXvfzP

— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) September 30, 2021

Emma, thank you. A top stint to begin this one-off - and I’d go as far to say historic - Test Match. To begin an update from Carrara... the covers are still on. The rain doesn’t look heavy enough to require the umpires take a brolly with them on their first inspection after the electrical storm, but still, we’re going to be a while.

I’ll be with you until stumps, wherever that takes us, so please do keep me company in the usual way, or ping me a tweet if you’re feeling feisty. Let’s get in the mood with the Wolf Alice track that was played before the players walked out in every match of the recently completed series between England’s women and New Zealand.

But it is the kind Adam Collins can cut a swathe through, and he is going to see you through the rest of this day – play or no play.

It’s not looking promising in terms of play continuing today. The rain and wind are creating sheets of decidedly anti-cricket wetness. The kind eyes can barely see through. The kind even Smriti cannot bat through.

This is more in line with what I’m seeing on my screen.

Apocalyptic rain now. This is scary #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/dZ3S1XHFdQ

— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 30, 2021

Play has been halted in Carrara due to bad weather ⚡️

🇮🇳 are 114/1. #AUSvIND | https://t.co/cKISkEeePw pic.twitter.com/pwQeyAQZJO

— ICC (@ICC) September 30, 2021

Here’s a meteorological lesson: umpires are apparently following the 30/30 rule, which means if they hear a clap of thunder 30 seconds after a strike of lightning they know it’s close enough to pose a danger. The rain is pelting down suddenly.

39.3 overs: India 114-1 (Smriti 70, Punam 8) Smriti leaves a McGrath delivery just outside off. Yikes that was close. Smriti plays at a ball that swings away. She’s lucky she made no contact in the end. After one more ball there’s enough lightning overhead for umpires to stop play. The players are off and the covers are on.

39th over: India 114-1 (Smriti 70, Punam 8) That could have been a six from Punam, whose fancy footwork allows a skyward slog that might have made a six if there was a bit more on it. As it happens, it drops inside and is comfortably fielded.

38th over: India 112-1 (Smriti 70, Punam 6) Is the rain coming? It’s still forecast, but Australia won’t be keen for precipitation because they’ve finally ground their way into this contest since the break.

37th over: India 111-1 (Smriti 70, Punam 5) That’s only 12 runs off the last nine overs for India. Punam drives Gardner on the full for a single but that’s it.

Just a touch short and Mandhana pounces on it.

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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 30, 2021

36th over: India 110-1 (Smriti 70, Punam 4) That said, Smriti has racked up 14 boundaries, including one she pulls through mid-wicket after McGrath bowls short.

35th over: India 106-1 (Smriti 66, Punam 4) Smriti is still standing her ground. She is known for her capacity to bat for long spells. India just need to keep at it as they are now and withhold Australia’s attempt to slow down the run rate. And it has slowed – Smriti was 51 off 52 balls at one point and is now 66 from 115.

34th over: India 105-1 (Smriti 65, Punam 4) The lights are on at Carrara Stadium as McGrath runs up towards Punam. Australia’s seamers need to start bowling at fuller length because almost half of all the hosts’ deliveries are short. But the pink ball has started to quiver a little more as Punam takes three runs from this over and Smriti adds another.

The long break is close to finishing and the players are heading back out onto the field now. Lanning is giving very distinct instructions as she sets her field, as McGrath steps up with the ball.

Dinner 101/1 (33)

33rd over: India 101-1 (Smriti 64, Punam 1) Gardner takes the last over before the break and makes it a maiden to Smriti. An early loss of wickets would have hurt India but their top order have hung in there and stopped the hosts in their tracks. The ball is probably moving a little slower than predicted, which may be affecting their performance.

32nd over: India 101-1 (Smriti 64, Punam 1) Here’s that opening wicket:

The first wicket falls on the Gold Coast!

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31st over: India 101-1 (Smriti 64, Punam 1) It’s a few minutes before the break now and Punam finally gets on the scoreboard via a single which follows a drive to silly point for no runs. India bring up a century.

30th over: India 99-1 (Smriti 63, Punam 0) Punam is blocking, defending, doing everything but taking a risk. She stays safe all the way through this over but emerges with zero runs facing Molineux.

29th over: India 99-1 (Smriti 63, Punam 0) Gardner picks up her pace 81km/h and posts a maiden over. She now has a miserly score of 0-1 from her three overs and helps to right the ship.

28th over: India 99-1 (Smriti 63, Punam 0) No sooner have I said that than Smriti hits Molineux for four.

27th over: India 94-1 (Smriti 58, Punam 0) Smriti has slowed right down and Gardner ensure it stays that way.

Wicket! Shafali (31) c McGrath b Molineux

26th over: India 93-1 (Smriti 57, Punam 0) A breakthrough, finally. And, perhaps just as pertinently, finally a catch. Shafali slices to McGrath at mid-off. She duly obliges and that’s it for the 17-year-old, who started slow while Smriti was moving at a good clip but was starting to pick up. Will this be the first domino to fall? Punam Raut makes her way out. No runs for her in those first five balls.

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25th over: India 93-0 (Smriti 57, Shafali 31) Hello Ash Gardner. What have you got for us? Some consistency, as it turns out, keeping her pace between 73km/h and 77km/h. One shot could be heading far enough afield for at least two but Wareham is right where she needs to be. Maiden over.

24th over: India 93-0 (Smriti 57, Shafali 31) Shafali has the face of her bat open cleans up Molineux towards backward point for two with the delicacy of a pottery master. It would have hit the boundary but for Campbell, who scoops the ball up just in time.

23rd over: India 91-0 (Smriti 57, Shafali 29) McGrath is bowling fuller now and it works a treat to the tune of a maiden over. The Australians have slowed the freight train that is Smriti but there’s still no joy at the wicket. India appear in control.

22nd over: India 91-0 (Smriti 57, Shafali 29) Molineux completes her fourth over for four and now sits on 0-11. She’s sporting the Bandaid on her lip from the dust-up in Mackay.

21st over: India 87-0 (Smriti 55, Shafali 27) Tell you what Australia will be crying out for a wicket. Healy is on the mic and says the pink ball isn’t travelling as much as they would like and the pitch a little slow, forcing them into a bit of cramping at slips. McGrath catches Shafali’s edge and the ball bursts back towards Lanning at said slips but falls short. Another from McGrath kisses Smriti’s pants but misses Healy’s gloves.

20th over: India 86-0 (Smriti 55, Shafali 26) Maiden over for Molineux bowling to Smriti.

19th over: India 86-0 (Smriti 55, Shafali 26) Five wides after a delivery from McGrath that leaves a lot to be desired.

18th over: India 81-0 (Smriti 55, Shafali 26) Shafali is DROPPED! The ball comes from Molineux and the Indian floats it towards Sutherland. It’s a firm shot and slightly above her head. Her hands are up and she’s on the run but doesn’t track it into her hands and it pops out behind her. That would feel terrible on debut. The commentary team are speculating it may have been hard for her to see the pink ball with the backdrop of the red seats behind.

17th over: India 80-0 (Smriti 55, Shafali 25) Smriti is now 51 from 52 balls. Can she make more against McGrath? Yes she can. It’s a four and that is all for the over.

16th over: India 76-0 (Smriti 51, Shafali 25) Australia need to get a wriggle on if they’re to make headway. Looks like it’s time for some spin, with Molineux making her way on. She starts full and has Shafali on the hop but the batter now has a four which probably wouldn’t have been had Lanning been standing just a wee bit further back. Bit fortuitous for India.

15th over: India 70-0 (Smriti 51, Shafali 19) Tahlia McGrath is introduced. Her opening ball is well wide of the off-stump. Smriti leaves it. The batter doesn’t bite at a similar second delivery. She sends the third back from where it came and resists the urge on the fourth but some excellent timing brings up a four and Smriti’s 50. Drinks break.

14th over: India 66-0 (Smriti 47, Shafali 19) This is not the start Australia would have envisaged. Healy and Lanning are smiling out there but Campbell is not, as the 17-year-old Shafali is gifted a four. She duly obliges and pulls it square, and then helps herself to another via fine leg.

13th over: India 58-0 (Smriti 47, Shafali 11) The sky is looking dark. The clouds are OMINOUS – the most overused word in the English language. Fingers crossed the covers don’t need to come out anytime soon. In the meantime, Perry has found a nice channel and Smriti struggles to will the ball past mid-off. The Australian offers up an opening in her subsequent delivery, though, and the Indian puts it away for four with Brown in chase. She ends the over with a no run.

12th over: India 54-0 (Smriti 43, Shafali 11) The groundsman is on the pitch in a jiffy with sawdust just before India bring up their half-century partnership. Campbell bowls somewhat short towards the leg side and Smriti pivots and pulls to the fine-leg rope. An almost identical shot off the next ball yields a single before Shafali tries her luck but cannot muster a run from the remaining four balls.

11th over: India 49-0 (Smriti 38, Shafali 11) Shafali has bided her time to see off these opening bowlers, and now she wants in on the action. She hits Perry for four, down on one knee if you don’t mind. Wait, there’s a wobble, both figuratively and physically as she struggles to place her feet in the face of a good delivery outside off. Shafali adds a single, as does Smriti.

10th over: India 43-0 (Smriti 37, Shafali 6) Welcome Stella Campbell. Welcome to Test cricket. So far so good, as the 19-year-old sails through her first over for one. Some good length to Shafali before the Australian catches Smriti completely off guard that is shutters away from the latter’s edge.

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9th over: India 42-0 (Smriti 37, Shafali 5) Perry bowls to Shafali, who opens up her body and squeezes away a single. Smriti is back up, and opts for a tight block. A couple of balls later she gets an edge to a delivery and it’s only a diving stop from Wareham that prevents it travelling further. And how do we finish the over? Another four for Smriti, of course.

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8th over: India 37-0 (Smriti 33, Shafali 4) Smriti is finding gaps so precisely, smashing her fourth and fifth boundaries, the latter straight through backward point and cover. She has another four! Brown practically invites her in for tea and she takes a few sugars too via a deep pull shot. Bloody hell there’s another. That’s seven fours to Smriti. Twenty-eight of her 33 runs have been boundaries. Her feet look great, her body alignment superb.

7th over: India 21-0 (Smriti 17, Shafali 4) Smriti is calm, cool as a cucumber. Perry sends down a full ball which swings wildly and catches the batter off guard slightly but the Indian follows it with a couple to cover.

6th over: India 20-0 (Smriti 16, Shafali 4) Brown bowls full to Smriti, who tucks away a quick single. Shafali has less joy and cannot muster anything from the five ensuing balls. Brown is easing into this now, appearing more comfortable. She blew out the cobwebs in her first over. It’s a big moment for the 18-year-old.

5th over: India 19-0 (Smriti 15, Shafali 4) That was a nice over from Perry. She has clearly done some work this week. Her jaffa sears down Shafali’s off side and she has to move quickly onto her back foot to get in the clear. Perry’s final ball is a bit lobby but Shafali is composed, playing the long game.

4th over: India 11-0 (Smriti 15, Shafali 4)

Peter Warrington emails: “Big fan of picking young players,” he writes, “but nobody could have been picked more on potential and less on results than Stella Campbell. Nic Carey a better choice. Sammy Jo must be wondering what she has to do to get into the squad, best bowler in the WBBL and again in the Hundred. We seem to be (after) young right handers who bowl at slightly higher speed – big, big gamble.”

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3rd over: India 11-0 (Smriti 15, Shafali 3) Healy comes oh so close to an early wicket and she reaches as Shafali catches an edge and ball pops up next first slip but she drops it! Smriti clocks Perry for four in the next ball but can’t deal with the fullness of the deliveries in the final two of the over.

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2nd over: India 11-0 (Smriti 11, Shafali 0) Darcie Brown is up, and Smriti gives her 10 runs for her troubles. Brown starts with a short delivery which comes back to bite her via a four to mid-wicket. Sutherland has a bit of trouble collecting the next drive and cedes another two runs, before another four. Brown finishes with three dot balls.

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1st over: India 1-0 (Smriti 1, Shafali) As expected, Perry opens Australia’s attack and her line and length is good with a hint of early swing. Smriti displays excellent judgment to leave a full ball curving in towards off-stump.

India’s changes from the XI they fielded in the Test against India in June are thus:

Yastika Bhatia comes in for injured Harmanpreet Kaur

Meghna Singh is in for Shikha Pandey

Rajeshwari Gayakwad is in for Sneh Rana

Rana in particular was excellent in Bristol, though Sharma is a similar style of player.

The anthems have been played and India openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma are at the crease.

It’s a big day for Ellyse Perry, who becomes the 21st cricketer to play 250 internationals for Australia and only the second woman to do so after the great Alex Blackwell. She said pre-match it feels “pretty special”.

Perry this week spoke about lifting her bowling output after an underwhelming outing in the ODIs on return to bowling from injury.

“It’s a really good challenge for me to keep working on things and trying to find some good form that’s going to contribute to the team,” she said. “At the same time there have been some wonderful performances in the bowling group; some young and fresh faces that have stepped up to the mark.

“That’s been brilliant and I’ve just got to try to keep up with them. There are pretty small margins technically sometimes with bowling and there are just a few little things that aren’t quite there, so I’ll keep chipping away at it and see how it goes.”

Australia are without Rachael Haynes who’s been ruled out of the series with a hamstring injury, meaning a bit of a revamp and the inclusion of 19-year-old allrounder Annabel Sutherland. She’s one of four Test debutants along with Darcie Brown, Stella Campbell, and Georgia Wareham. Campbell we hear has been getting some tips on bowling with the pink ball from Mitchell Starc.

Meghna Singh and Yastika Bhatia are India’s two debutants.

The pitch looks even, the surface hard. Lanning’s call to bowl first is not necessarily surprising – conditions are prime for a bit of swing – and raj said after the toss she would also have opted for the same thing had she had the choice.

Will the humidity be a factor? Apparently there is a chemical used to help negate dew factor, which has been used before in the BBL.

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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Lanning has just won the toss and elected to bowl.

“The wicket looks fresh,” she says. “A little bit of weather around but we’re looking forward to getting back out there.”

The skies are a little dark but the rain has held off at Carrara Stadium at least until now.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Australia’s Test against India. ‘Tis the first between these sides since 2006. None of the Aussie players involved in that win are still around. Remarkably, India captain Mithali Raj and fast bowler Jhulan Goswami still are. In general, thought, suffice to say it’s been a while.

Women have been given scant opportunity to play the oldest and longest format of the game, and all of Australia’s eight Tests of the past 15 years have been against England. But now the baggie greens are out, and this four-day match will be a real test of game management from both sides. Twenty-six consecutive ODI wins tells us what Meg Lanning’s team can do in one day, and India’s thrilling success on Sunday in stopping Australia from making it a 27th indicates the tourists may have their tails up. Different kettle of fish this will be though. Lanning was conservative against England in 2019, and India showed grit against England in June this year to pull off a draw.

The score in this multi-format series stands at 4-2 to Australia. We’re under lights, with the pink ball, and it is only the second time in women’s cricket these two elements have featured. Let’s get going.

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26, Sep, 2021 @8:08 AM

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Australia seal thrilling last-ball win over India in second women’s ODI – as it happened
Beth Mooney carried her bat to take Australia to an unlikely win over India in the second ODI

Megan Maurice and Geoff Lemon

24, Sep, 2021 @1:26 PM

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Australia beat India in second women’s T20 international – as it happened
Tahlia McGrath starred with the bat as Australia wrapped up the multi-format series with a four-wicket victory on the Gold Coast

Geoff Lemon

09, Oct, 2021 @11:38 AM

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Australia v India: first women’s T20 international abandoned due to rain – as it happened
Over-by-over report: The opening match of the T20 series fell victim to rain on the Gold Coast, resulting in a point won for each team

Geoff Lemon

07, Oct, 2021 @11:03 AM

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Women’s Ashes Test: Taylor’s bad luck halts England charge against Australia
Ellyse Perry caught Sarah Taylor despite barely seeing the ball during a collapse of wickets under the lights which left England 235-7 at the end of day one

Adam Collins at the North Sydney Oval

09, Nov, 2017 @11:50 AM

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Australia can't hide from the pressure in this World Cup
As a team we have high expectations of ourselves - if we don’t go into a tournament expecting to win, why are we even playing?

Megan Schutt

29, Feb, 2020 @9:00 PM

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England v Australia: Women's Ashes Test: Australia 341-5 at stumps - as it happened
Over-by-over report: Australia added 118 runs in the morning, and then it rained all afternoon to leave England’s chances of Ashes-saving success looking as dim as the Taunton skies

Geoff Lemon (earlier) and Simon Burnton (now)

19, Jul, 2019 @4:35 PM