New Delhi: The Indian women's cricket team will be back in action after a six-month lay off. They take on England in a one off test and a one-day series later this month at home. England will be tough opponents as they just beat Australia to win the women's ashes. While the team is looking forward to the challenge, its preparations have not been up to the mark. "We had a couple of tournaments but those were all marred by the rains. A camp was supposed to be held in Bhillai and the prolonged rains also washed away the game in Surat," said Subhangi Kulkarni, Secretary, WCAI. World Cup heroics The fact that the Indian women's team has to practice at such small centres is an indication that nothing much has changed since the World Cup heroics in South Africa earlier this year. There was plenty of media coverage for a while but now it is back to square one with no major sponsorship deals other than the existing one with Sahara. The girls however, are at their optimistic best and are looking forward to the first Test against England from 21 November. "I am looking forward to the series. We were defeated by the Aussies in the World Cup finals and the English team defeated them thereafter. The girls are very keen to play the longer version of the game," said Mithali Raj, Captain, Indian Team. The India-England series begins later this month and the girls have a long season ahead of them. But their preparations have suffered due to lack of facilities. Perhaps the solution lies in WCAI's merger with the BCCI.