Australian all rounder Ellyse Perry has been ruled out of the first T20I clash against New Zealand on September 26. The all rounder will not take part in the series opener as she continues to recover from her hamstring injury.
She underwent hamstring injury in March during the women’s T20 World Cup and couldn’t play in the finals against India.
The 29-year-old has been under the rehabilitation from the last six months and slowly started taking part in the training sessions.
Skipper Meg Lanning confirmed that Perry will not be available for the first match after she failed to pass the fitness test.
“She’s still working through her return-to-play plan. When she ticks off all those markers, she’ll be available, but she’s still working through that so we won’t see her tomorrow” Lanning said.
“She’s doing everything she can to get up and play (at some point in the series), and she’s got a very good plan in place – everyone has looked after her, and once she gets through that she’ll be available,” she added.
Perry’s absence could bother the side but they have already proved their capabilities by winning the T20 World Cup against India in Melbourne.
Lanning has put faith on her players especially the young pacer Belinda Vakarewa who is yet to make her T20I debut.
The first T20I match between the White Ferns and the Australia women will take place on September 26 at 1:50 pm AEST. The series will also have spectators returning to the stadiums to witness the live action after six months.