IND W vs AUS W: Australian opener Rachael Haynes has been ruled out of the one-off Test and the upcoming three-match T20I series following the Test encounter against India.
Haynes sustained a right hamstring injury during Sunday’s third ODI against India. She was forced to leave the field following that.
“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.”
“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 are 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.”
The absence of Haynes has made way for in-form Beth Mooney to be elevated to the opening position in the batting order. She also opened in the second ODI in Mackay after Haynes was forced out due to an elbow injury. Mooney scored a match-winning 125 run-knock.
Opener Alyssa Healy has been named as the vice-captain in the absence of Haynes.
Meanwhile, injured leg spinner Georgia Wareham is expected to be fit by the time of the Test match at Gold Coast. The 22-year-old, who is yet to make her Test cricket debut, sustained a quad injury during the second ODI against India on September 24 in which the hosts recorded a five-wicket victory. She has represented the national team in 55 matches so far.
“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 starts on September 30 at the Carrara Oval in Queensland. The three T20Is will be played on October 7, 9. and 10 at the same venue.
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