IND W vs AUS W: Australia Women’s team has suffered a major setback ahead of the one-off test & T20I series against India as their star player Rachael Haynes has been ruled out of the rest of the series due to an injury.
Rachael Haynes suffered a hamstring injury during the third ODI while fielding & hasn’t recovered yet for the iconic pink ball test. Thus Haynes has been ruled out of the T20Is as well which is a part of the ongoing multi-format series.
“Unfortunately her hamstring is no good,” Australia coach Matthew Mott confirmed on Tuesday (September 28). “She’s devastated – obviously Test matches don’t come around too often, she’s a key member of our squad so our thoughts are with her at the moment.”
In the absence of Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney will open the batting for the hosts along with Alyssa Healy. Beth Mooney who is currently in the best form of her career has scored an unbeaten 125 in the thrilling second ODI and made 52 runs in the third ODI. Meanwhile, Opener Alyssa Healy has been named as the vice-captain in the absence of Haynes.
“Beth is pretty good,” Mott confirmed. “She was very sensible the other day. She felt something and with all the workload that she has been under, we felt that even after that hundred and the quick turnaround she was a high risk. And she flagged it quite early and I think the medical staff is very comfortable with where she is at. She’ll train today and I expect she will have a pretty light day tomorrow and be ready for the Test.”
Spinner Georgia Wareham to be available for the Pink ball Test
Another player who has been injured & is set to be fit in time for the pink ball test is leg spinner, Georgia Wareham. Georgia who has represented Australia 55 times suffered a quad injury during the second ODI match. “Georgia’s ticking all the boxes for her return to play,” Mott said. “She was very sensible around that – she felt something quite early, got treatment, and has been doing everything she can to get it right.
“Personally, I really hope she gets through it after missing out in the last Test we played. She’s a key member; no matter what the wicket serves up, she’s a wicket-taker and she’s an incredibly good thing for this team – she leads the way in the field and her batting is evolving all the time.”
The one-off Test between India Women & Australia Women will kick-start on September 30 at the Carrara Oval in Queensland. The three T20Is will be played on October 7, 9, and 10 at the same ground.
IND W vs AUS W Australia Squad:
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
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