Indian eves are scheduled to tour Australia for a three T20Is and ODIs each from January 26 to February 7 © AFP
Indian eves are scheduled to tour Australia for a three T20Is and five ODIs each from January 26 to February 7 © AFP

Sydney: Indian eves will play the Governor-General’s XI, comprising a mix of experienced and talented young players, in a Twenty20 cricket match at the Drummoyne Oval here on January 22. It was announced today by Governor-General of Australia Peter Cosgrove and Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) James Sutherland. Indian eves are scheduled to tour Australia for a three Twenty20 Internationals and five One-Day Internationals (ODI) each from January 26 to February 7. The fixture has been inspired by the annual Prime Minister’s XI match for Australia’s male cricketers which was instituted by Robert Menzies in 1951. FULL SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 1st ODI at Perth

The Governor-General’s XI will be selected by CA in consultation with the Governor-General. “Australia’s women cricketers are the best in the world. The Governor-General’s XI is an opportunity to showcase many of these experienced and up-and-coming players against formidable international teams,” said Cosgrove. Sutherland, on his part, said the match will become an annual affair. Rod Marsh backs youngsters as Australia select fresh faces for India series

“Australian cricket is honoured that the Governor-General has chosen to support the game in this way. Our goal is to see cricket become the sport of choice for women and girls across the nation, whether as participants or fans, and this annual fixture is another important step in helping realise that vision. Almost a quarter of the 1.2 million Australians now playing cricket are women and girls and their numbers continue to grow rapidly. Drawing more females to the game, as players and fans, presents as the most significant opportunity for cricket to become incredibly strong and enduring,” said Sutherland. Australia announce squad for home ODI series against India; Shane Watson excluded