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Meg Lanning
T20 World Cup

Australia, England, India gear up for stern test before T20 World Cup

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As the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup nears, Australia, England and India will look to fine-tune and gain confidence in the tri-nation series, which begins on Friday, 31 January.

The tri-series, consisting of six matches, offers the perfect preparation ahead of the main tournament, which starts on 21 February. Australia, who are the reigning champions, have enjoyed unchallenged domination in the shortest format, losing only three T20Is since the start of 2018. Their losses have come against arch-rivals England and India.

Australia captain Meg Lanning knows it will not be an easy task to face two quality opposition sides.

"In all our games against India and England in the past they've been really great contests, with high-quality cricket so we're expecting no different this time around," said Lanning ahead of the first game. "We definitely want to win, I'm sure the other two sides would say the same thing.

"It's about finding the best form and the right combination."

England, on the other hand, will be looking to put the demons of their last outing behind them. The English side had lost the Ashes series at home in July 2019, registering only one victory – in the final T20I – across seven matches in the multi-format series.

"We've made a lot of changes since the Ashes," said captain Heather Knight. "We've really changed how we go about things as a side. We've taken more ownership as individuals in the team and we're really clear about how we want to go about things moving forward.

"Now we can see against two of the best teams in the world how we're going."

We definitely want to win, I'm sure the other two sides would say the same thing.

Meg Lanning

The third team of the tri-series, India, have their own point to prove. The women in blue began their campaign with a loss as they suffered a five-wicket defeat to the Governor-General's XI in Sydney on Tuesday.

However, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side cannot be taken lightly. They rank No.4 on the MRF Tyres Women's T20I Team Rankings and were the semi-finalists in the previous edition.

"We have quite a young side, only four or five players have experienced playing in Australia (before)," Kaur said. "It's not easy to get used to the conditions and we weren't up to the mark (on Tuesday) but we're looking forward to the weekend."

England and India will play the opening game of the tri-series on Friday, facing off in Canberra.