India will regain the services of pace great Jhulan Goswami for the T20I tri-series against Australia and England later this month, the BCCI has announced.
Goswami suffered a bruised heel during India’s ODI series in South Africa last month and has been sidelined for the ongoing one-day series against Australia, but the 35-year-old will make her return for the hosts’ first 20-over match on March 22.
Her return is a boost for India's pace stocks, after they claimed a 4-1 T20I series win against the Proteas without their pace spearhead.
The series promises to be a challenging test for all three teams ahead of the ICC World T20 in the Caribbean this November.
India won their most recent 20-over series against Australia, in early 2016, while England also walked away 2-1 series winners over the Southern Stars during the T20I leg of the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes last November.
India’s 15-player T20I squad features four different faces from the one-day group currently playing Australia in Vadodara.
Alongside Goswami, inclusions include allrounder Anuja Patil, who captained India A in two warm-up games against Lanning’s team in Mumbai, wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia and Rumeli Dhar.
England named their squad for the tri-series earlier this month, with their own pace spearhead Katherine Brunt to miss the series with a back injury sustained during the Rebel WBBL.
Also missing will be wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor, who has been rested.
The T20I series will begin at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium on March 22 when Australia take on India.
India T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Rumeli Dhar, Mona Meshram.
Commonwealth Bank Tour of India
Australia ODI squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
Australia T20 squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington
India ODI squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Sushma Verma, Ekta Bisht, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey, Sukanya Parida, Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma
England T20I squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Katie George, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Anya Shrubsole, Bryony Smith, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danni Wyatt
Warm-up match Australia beat India A by 321 runs. Report
Warm-up match Australia beat India A by seven wickets. Report
First ODI Australia won by eight wickets Scorecard
Second ODI Reliance Stadium, Vadodara, March 15
Third ODI Reliance Stadium, Vadodara, March 18
First T20I Australia v India, Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, March 22
Second T20I Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 23
Third T20I India v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 25
Fourth T20I Australia v India, Brabourne Stadium, March 26
Fifth T20I Australia v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 28
Sixth T20I India v England, Brabourne Stadium, March 29
Final Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, March 31