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India Women are touring New Zealand for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

While Kane Williamson vs Virat Kohli' grabs all of the headlines and eyeballs, there is another important series, which takes place in new Zealand at the same time. The White Ferns, is positioned the second on the ICC Women's Championship points table, hosts India, the bound on the square of five (to eight points with Pakistan). McLean Park will host the first of three One-Day International series starting on Thursday (January 24).

There are many off-the-field conversations around the Indian side, since you rushed the ICC Women's T20 WC after their semi-final defeat against England in November 2018. Under the new coach WV Raman, the Indian team would look to bury the, to climb those unwanted noises and try the Championship ladder. "It is very important to again focus on the sport and the performance in the team and this is an opportunity for us," said skipper Mithali Raj prior to the first ODI.

India is not only one of the five ODIs when they last toured new Zealand in 2005-06. could win Jhulan Goswami and Raj are the only two members that are still active, of this troupe, and the duo, courtesy of their experience, play a large role. The home team will be wary of this Indian team - a mixture of experience and youth - which has won tournaments in six of their last eight series in the format.

Sorry trips to the ICC mega events (the 2017 world Cup and 2018 WWT20), the team will be ready to get back on the road to victory in the fifty-over format. The 2021 world Cup hosts will be without the services of Katey Martin - the wicketkeeper-batter - but there is enough fire power in their line-up to cause damage in the opposition camp.

The top three Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite - form the core of the White Ferns' batting line-up. Devine, the powerful striker was in the shape of your life in the last 15 months You scored 700 runs in their last ten ODI appearances, compiling four centuries and three half centuries. Leigh Kasperek, the offspinner, was the go-to-bowler for the new Zealanders as the 26-year-old has scalped 19 wickets in the ongoing championship at an average of 17.89.

When: January 24, 2018

Where: McLean Park, Napier

What to expect: the forecast indicated isolated rain showers in the morning and it is expected that simple-to-bottom in the course of the day. With the weather possibly a factor, the captains would be tempted to play of the bowl first.

What you said:

"We definitely have the most acclimatization look at the conditions on early, so it doesn't make that much of a threat, if we are on the field." - Mithali Raj

"The series is really significantly, not only in terms of the with the men, but also in relation to the present, where we show as a team in the situation to the whole country, and the world of cricket, we, and more and more women play cricket out there are more and more." - Amy Satterthwaite


India: Mithali Raj(c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Jemimah Rodrigues, Mona Meshram, Taniya Bhatia, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Shikha Pandey

New Zealand: Amy Satterthwaite(c), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu

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