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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the tour of Australia for the womens team. The board announced on Friday that the Indian womens team will play 5 T20I matches in Mumbai in the month of December. The first two T20I matches will be held at the DY Patil Stadium on 9 and 11 December. The next three T20I matches will be played at the Brabourne Stadium on 14, 17, and 20 December.
The Australian team played the series after the Womens Big Bash League (WBBL). The Womens Big Bash League will end on 26 November. Some Indian players like Pooja Vastrakar and Jemimah Rodrigues have also participated in this league, but star batsmen Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur decided to play in this league only.
This series is considered very important for the preparations for the ICC Womens T20 World Cup starting in February in South Africa. 5 matches against Australia will be played on 9, 11, 14, 17, and 20 December. The first two matches will be played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, while the remaining three matches will be held at the Brabourne Stadium, in Mumbai.
After the upcoming series, the Indian team will play a tri-series with West Indies and South Africa next year. It will run from 10 to 26 February 2023. After that the team will start preparing for the T20 World Cup.
Australia had earlier come to India in 2018 to play T20Is. They whitewashed the hosts 3-0 in the ODIs. This time Australias regular captain Meg Lanning will not be with the team. Meg has taken an indefinite break from cricket after the Commonwealth Games. At the same time, Rachel Haynes has announced her retirement. Team vice-captain Alyssa Healy is likely to lead the team on this tour.
|Dec 09, Fri/11:30 AM||India Women vs Australia Women, 1st T20I||Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Dec 11, Sun/11:30 AM||India Women vs Australia Women, 2nd T20I||Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Dec 14, Wed/11:30 AM||India Women vs Australia Women, 3rd T20I||Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai|
|Dec 17, Sat/11:30 AM||India Women vs Australia Women, 4th T20I||Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai|
|Dec 20, Tue/11:30 AM||India Women vs Australia Women, 5th T20I||Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai|