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Punam Raut to lead India A Women's team for Australia A one-day series

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SportsCafe Desk

10/11/2018

Punam Raut has been elected as the skipper to lead the India A women's team in the three-match ODI series followed by a T20 match against Australia in Mumbai. This is the first official women’s ‘A’ tour for Australia since a restructure of the National Talent Pathway in Australia last year.

The All-India Women’s Selection Committee has picked the India A team for the one-day series against Australia A in Mumbai. Punam Raut, who featured in the series against England for the senior women's team will lead the India A women's team this time around. It will be a three-match ODI home series against Australia A which will be played in BKC, Mumbai from October 15 to 19. This is the first official women’s Australia A tour to India.

The India A squad includes several ODI regulars who did not get the nod for the upcoming World T20 to be held in West Indies in November. The 15-member Indian T20 squad for the WC didn’t include senior pacer Shikha Pandey, ODI opener Raut, and wicket-keeper Sushma Verma.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia have named a strong squad for the upcoming series in India. It contained the names of capped players like Lauren Cheatle, Molly Strano, Tahlia McGrath, Belinda Vakarewa, and Amanda-Jade Wellington. The rest of the squad contained players from the Women’s Big Bash League.

India A Women’s one-day team: Punam Raut (captain), Priya Punia, Devika Vaidya, Mona Meshram, Tanushree Sarkar, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Sushree Dibyadarshani, C Prathyusha, Reemalaxmi Ekka, Shikha Pandey, Nethra L, Hemali Borwankar, Kavita Patil, Preeti Bose

Australia A Women’s ODI squad: Samantha Bates, Maitlan Brown, Lauren Cheatle, Piepa Cleary, Josephine Dooley, Heather Graham, Sammy Jo Johnson, Tahlia McGrath, Chloe Piparo, Georgia Redmayne, Naomi Stalenberg, Molly Strano, Belinda Vakarewa, Amanda-Jade Wellington.

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