Matthew Mott urges his side to keep open mind in Test

Australia won't take a different approach into the pink ball Test but coach Matthew Mott has urged his side to keep an "open mind" about the danger it possesses.

Australia wrapped up preparations for first day-night Test with a drawn tour match against an ACT Invitational XI at Manuka Oval on Sunday night.

It was their only hit out under lights against the pink ball and they quickly decided their plans wouldn't change at North Sydney Oval in Friday's historic Ashes Test.

England got their own taste of the unpredictable pill against a Cricket Australia XI in Blacktown but neither side seems to boast a significant advantage heading into women's cricket's first day-night Test.

Australia was unable to force a result with the ACT calling an early end to its second innings on 3-68 in pursuit of 270.

But Australia's chief exponent of swing bowling still managed to send an early warning to the English batting line-up, as Megan Schutt picked up two quick wickets on the eve of the dinner break.

Mott has less than four days to settle on his XI and Tahlia McGrath may yet give him a few headaches, having claimed 3-8 while suited up for the ACT.

"We've had the ball in and around training in the off-season and it's been in their eyeline for a while," Mott said.

"This game is just about realising it's the same shape, same weight, and dealing with whatever comes down. We got a lot of learnings from the way the guys have played it but also the ball will react a bit different.

"It's just keeping an open mind and adapting to whatever comes down."

Lauren Cheatle says the pink ball definitely swings later and by the 80th over the bowlers are desperate for a new rock.

It suggests Australia quickly needs to find out how they can take wickets during those middle overs during the day.

If Australia or England can figure out a formula they will go a long way towards claiming the four points on offer in the lone Ashes Test match.

An Australian win would set the hosts on course for an Ashes triumph with the series to wrap up with three Twenty20 matches - the final two of which are in Canberra.

Mott dubbed the tour match at Manuka Oval a "double whammy", providing them with a much-needed day-night game and a chance to get acquainted with the leafy surrounds of the ground.

"We do like coming to Manuka, we've had a good run here. We've got a couple of very important games at the back end as well," Mott said.

"This is a really important week because we play so few of these games so any time we can get back into this mode and get a feel for the different nature of the game.

"The ability to bat for some time when there's not the run pressure against you, and even from a bowling perspective, having to knock players over that aren't trying to score runs, all of those things come into the game."


November 9-12: Australia v England, day-night Test at North Sydney Oval

November 17: Australia v England, Twenty20 international at North Sydney Oval

November 19: Australia v England, Twenty20 international at Manuka Oval

November 21: Australia v England, Twenty20 international at Manuka Oval

Australia squad: Rachael Haynes (C), Alex Blackwell (VC), Kristen Beams, Nicole Bolton, Lauren Cheatle, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Tahlia McGrath, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Belinda Vakarewa, Elyse Villani, Amanda-Jade Wellington.

England squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.

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