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Raj Pleased India Are Playing Test Cricket

Mithali Raj, India captain
Mithali Raj may be leading an inexperienced squad but she has confidence in their ability to challenge England
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Despite being one of just three members of her squad with Test experience, India captain Mithali Raj says she is pleased that they will play England in a four-day game on their current tour.

Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Karuna Jain are the players who took on England in a Test back in 2006, which was the last time India played a four-day game.

While India's men are entrenched in a five-match series in England, Raj will lead her side in a single game at Wormsley ahead of three One-Day Internationals which are part of the ICC Women's Championship and count towards qualification for the 2017 World Cup.

"I’m delighted that we are playing the longer format," Raj said at a press conference before leaving for England.

"Personally, I play more of one-dayers so I enjoy ODIs but the feeling of earning a Test cap and playing in whites is unmatched.

"I am sure that the youngsters in the side will cherish every moment and would want to make it memorable by doing well.

"f you want quality players to come up then the longer format is a must.

"We have come to know that there is a proposal for a two-day format in the domestic circuit for women’s cricket. It is a welcome move. If you are a good Test cricketer then you can switch to other formats easily.

This may be a young Indian side charged with working their way up the rankings following disappointing recent performances in global tournaments, but Raj is optimistic that they will perform.

"I know that Jhulan, Karuna and I are the only players who were part of the 2006 Test series in England but if you look at the squad then you will realise that we have players who have played ODIs in England.

"We were very close last time in 2012. We were leading 2-0 and went on to lose the ODI series.

"Beating England in their own backyard is not that easy and we want to achieve that."

India's preparations for the Test match at Wormsley are now underway as they have started a two-day warm-up game against the England Academy side at Loughborough.

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