The Australian Girls’s cricket staff has encountered a big setback simply earlier than the Ashes sequence as their captain, Meg Lanning, has been declared unfit for the tour on Saturday. Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that Lanning has been faraway from the squad attributable to a ‘medical challenge’. The medical professionals related to the Australian staff have beneficial that Lanning keep at residence as a part of her ongoing administration. The precise period of her absence and when she’s going to have the ability to return to the staff is at the moment unsure.
After taking a break for psychological well being causes in direction of the tip of the earlier yr, Lanning made her comeback to the nationwide staff in January 2023. Beneath her captaincy, Australia achieved a outstanding victory within the ICC Girls’s T20 World Cup in February.
Shawn Flegler, the Head of Efficiency for Girls’s Cricket in Australia, expressed his ideas on Lanning’s unavailability, acknowledging it as an unlucky setback for her. Nevertheless, Flegler emphasised that they absolutely help the nationwide captain in her journey in direction of making a profitable comeback.
“She is clearly dissatisfied to have been dominated out of the Ashes; it is a vital sequence for the staff and she or he’ll be missed, however she understands the necessity to put her well being first,” Flegler mentioned as per an official assertion launched by the ICC.
“Meg will stay at residence the place she’s going to proceed to work with medical employees with the purpose to return to taking part in as quickly as potential,” he added.
Each Flegler and CA have requested for the Aussie skippers’ privateness to be revered. WIth Lanning lacking out on the Ashes, Alyssa Healy will captain the ladies’s staff for sequence whereas Tahlia McGrath will function her deputy.
The Girls’s Ashes sequence will begin with a solitary Check match scheduled in Nottingham ranging from twenty second June. Subsequently, the sequence will transition to white-ball encounters, that includes three T20Is and three ODIs, as a part of the multi-format competitors.
Australia squad: Alyssa Healy (captain), Tahlia McGrath (vice-captain), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham