"We will be touring Australia for the first time since 2009. Though the wickets there will be different, with a lot of bounce, it will help us in preparing for the World T20 Championships. We will get a lot of exposure and also get a chance to analyze and see where we stand," said Mithali at a pre-departure media conference.
The tour comprises three T20 games at Adelaide (January 26), Melbourne (January 29) and Sydney (January 31) followed by the two ODIs at Canberra (Feb 2) and Hobart (February 5).
The women's T20 World Championships will be held concurrently with the men's competition in India.
"The ODIs are also important as we won the last series against New Zealand but lost out a spot in the women's World Cup on points. We need to be in the top four to qualify for the 2017 World Cup," said the 33-year-old Mithali.
Mithali said though she did not want to comment on the men's team's performance in the ongoing ODI series in Australia, she and her team members had watched the action on television and gained inputs about the kind of wickets they would encounter.

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