The Indian women’s team is more “brave” than ever, and newly appointed England vice captain Nat Skiver, who is hoping conditions will be in her side’s favour against the rivals’ mix of experience and youth for the upcoming Test here, feels.
India and England are set to play a one-off test from Wednesday. This will be the visiting team’s first test in seven years, a period during which they have improved dramatically in limited formats with an impressive pool of talent.
Sefer realizes that.
“They’re an ever-growing aspect,” Schaefer was quoted as saying on ESPNcricinfo.
“There is always a new young talent on the team who is not afraid to go out and show what she has. They seem to be more brave than I’ve seen before.”
“A couple with a lot of experience on their team – with Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami – can be a very tough team to beat. Hopefully in England, in our circumstances, we can hone our skills and make sure we’re doing the right things.”
“The last time we played India, we weren’t very good in that test match and didn’t play to our potential so hopefully we can do better this time.” India won the match in 2014.
While India have played only one Test since the last meeting, their home innings victory over South Africa in November 2014, England have played three matches, all against Australia in the Women’s Ashes.
“They don’t come in very often, so they bring something different to training and when you look at the tactics and stats that were there before, you can’t really follow any of those because they’re so few and far between, the women’s tests,” Sefer said.
“So it’s a learning curve every time we start to prepare and turn our minds to it. We’ve had a practice game and have some wicket center practices where we only see what works, and we see what doesn’t work.”