England have better familiarity with format
The odds are stacked against India women as they take on England in a one-off Test match in Bristol, seven years since they last played the red-ball format. India women have odds of 4.05 to pull off a win, but like with Wormsley in 2014, it isn’t beyond them to beat the England women.
England women also have an unsettled Test outfit and even though they are more familiar with the format than the India women, they have played just three Tests since and haven’t won any of them. They have won 20 Tests and lost just 14 in their history of Test cricket. Their last Test win came in 2014 in Perth. England’s odds of winning this Test stand at 2.60
India women capable of pulling off another heist
While there’s no reliable recent record to go by, India women have been an up and coming team in the shorter formats and made it to the finals of the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia. Their spin heavy side could trouble England women on their home soil.
RECOMMENDED BET: Despite odds of 4.05, India women are strong contenders to challenge England and beat them in the one-off Test.
In 2014, they came off an eight year hiatus in Test cricket and went on to win both Tests they played that year, including one against England in their backyard.
Keep an eye on…
Jhulan Goswami: The senior India women pacer is a ruthless quick bowler who can make the new ball talk. She was clinical in India’s win in 2014 and can be a handful around more experienced pace bowlers this time around.
Nat Sciver: Elevated to Test vice-captaincy, Nat Sciver is among the best all-rounders in the women’s game right now. She will be crucial to the team on both fronts, with the added responsibility ensuring England aren’t short of players in leadership roles.
TIP: Women’s matches usually see longer batting innings with batters looking to play themselves in and the odds of a hundred score stand at 1.35