Shikha Pandey excited as BCCI announces pink-ball Test for India
By SMCS - May 21, 2021 6:14 pm
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah has recently announced that the Indian women’s team will take on Australian women in their first-ever Day-Night pink-ball Test later this year. However, it will be for the very first time since 2014 that the Indian women cricket team will play 2 Test matches in a single year as well. Notably, they will play against England in the Test from June 16 in Bristol. Meanwhile, after the announcement, everyone started reacting, including senior India pace bowler Shikha Pandey.

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Even, Jhulan Goswami too has expressed her happiness about this matter. While Goswami said that the move will promote women’s cricket quite well, Shikha Pandey responded by quoting lyrics from a Justin Timberlake song.

Shikha Pandey wrote: “I got that sunshine in my pocket, Got that good soul in my feet!!’ I know I’m a little late to the party, but massive for @BCCIWomen to have another test match added to this year’s itinerary. Kudos to everyone who has made this possible. #TestCricketIsTheBest.”

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Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry has said that she feels it will be a crucial contest between them at the historic WACA. On the other hand, Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday announced that the WACA will host the historical Day-Night pink-ball Test match as well.

“Playing a Test match there before it’s an absolutely wonderful venue for a women’s Test,” quoted Perry as saying. “The pitch provides that little bit of extra pace and bounce, the ball carries though really well, there’s a little bit of sideways movement,” she further added.

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“That’s certainly in (our) favour our conditions and the Australian style of cricket but having said that, looking at the Indian team, some of the skills of their players, particularly their batters, it’s going to be a really well-contested Test match and a great opportunity for both sides,” Ellyse Perry added.