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Never felt I’ll experience that moment: India opener Smriti Mandhana on playing day-night Test

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Opener Smriti Mandhana says she never thought the Indian women’s team would get to play a day-night Test, something the side will experience in a few months’ time in Australia.

The day-night Test against Australia, part of a multi-format seven-match tour, is scheduled to be played from September 30 to October 3 at the WACA in Perth.

“Frankly, when I used to watch day-night Tests of men, I actually never felt that I will be able to experience this moment – it’s wrong to say ‘I’ at the moment – that the Indian team will be able to experience the moment,” Mandhana told ESPNcricinfo.

“So, when it got declared, I was like, ‘Oh, wow. That’s going to be crazy’.”

The pink-ball clash will be India’s first four-day fixture (the standard length of women’s Tests) against Australia since 2006 and their second Test match this year, with a one-off game against England scheduled to take place next month in Bristol.

“I remember playing my first day-night one-day or T20 match,” Mandhana said.

“I was pretty excited, like a small kid. I was like, ‘Wow, we’ll be able to play a day-night match’ and all of that. Now that we are going to play a day-night Test, (we have) lots…

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