meg lanning, Australia’s captain, has been ruled out of the Women’s Ashes for health reasons, dealing a severe setback to the team’s defense of the ballot box.
Lanning did not play cricket again until January after taking a four-month break with mental health issues, but she helped Australia win the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in March.
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On Saturday morning, Cricket Australia (CA) announced the announcement, naming Tahlia McGrath as team vice-captain and Alyssa Healy as interim captain. Although the precise nature of Lanning’s medical condition was being kept under wraps, CA stated in a statement that she needed to be managed at home.
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“This is an unfortunate setback for Meg Lanning and she is obviously disappointed to have been ruled out of the Ashes; It is an important series for the team and she will be missed, but she understands the need to put her health first.” Shawn Flegler, Cricket Australia’s head of women’s cricket performance, said.
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“Meg will remain at home where she will continue to work with the medical staff with the goal of returning to play as soon as possible. We ask that Meg LanningMeg’s privacy be respected at this time.” Added Cricket Australia.
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Meg Lanning will not be replaced on the roster:
Meg Lanning’s direct replacement has not been named and instead, Australia is seeking replacements from among its own ranks. if necessary, a traveling group. Prior to her return as Australia’s captain for the one-day international series against Pakistan in January, Lanning took a six-month holiday from the sport last year for personal reasons.
Meg Lanning made quite an impression on that occasion, leading the side to an eight-wicket victory to start the series, and will leave a huge void in Australia’s top order heading into the Ashes tour.
The women’s one-off Test begins on June 22 in Nottingham, followed by three T20s and three ODIs in the multi-format series.
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Australian Squad: Alyssa Healy (c), Tahlia McGrath (vc), Darcie Brown, Ashleigh Gardner, Kim Garth, Grace Harris, Jess Jonassen, Alana King, Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Georgia Wareham