India women get ready for Australia test
Vadodara: High on confidence after the triumph in South Africa, Indian women's cricket team will be aiming to put up another stellar show against Australia in the three-match ODI series beginning here on Monday.
The series is a part of the ICC Women's Championship in which India had defeated South Africa in their opening match .
Australia boast of a formidable line-up comprising skipper Meg Lanning, all-rounders Ellyse Perry, Elyse Velani, wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy.
When the two teams last met, it was a 30-minute mayhem by Harmanpreet Kaur that turned the fortune of the women's cricket in India by 360 degrees.
The Mithali Raj is likely to be forever indebted to her deputy Harmanpreet for that knock of 171 in the World Cup semifinals.
The women players deservingly got richer after that but Harmanpreet's knock certainly was the catalyst -- a real 'Gamechanger'.
"You really can't plan during the first match of the series. They have some really good players like Perry, Lanning and Velani. We have plans for them. We need to get the momentum our way. Middle-order has been a weakness for us but we are working on it," said vice-captain Harmanpreet on eve of the match.
She was asked about the new central contracts where the elite women players stand to earn Rs 50 lakh per annum. While there have been comparisons that even the lowest men's group (C) is getting double, Harmanpreet seemed least bothered.